BJP MLA from Mirzapur, Ratnakar Mishra got stuck in the floods when he went to assess the situation on the ground. Mishra was visiting the Babura village in Chanbha block to monitor the situation and check the relief measures for the villagers who were stranded. However, he himself got stranded in a motor-boat in the middle of the river owing to lack of fuel in the vessel.
The villagers were stranded in the Ganga flowing above the danger point, and Mishra had gone to assess the situation, but the boat he was traveling in ran out of oil and he was stuck along with Tehsildar Om Prakash Pandey. They were rescued later when they called over for help via their mobile phone. Two hundred and eighty five villages have been affected because of the Ganga overflowing. Mishra was returning after the inspection when he his boat got stranded. The driver was left helpless and they received help when the Tehsildar Pandey rung the District Panchayat Officer and asked for rescue motorboat. Mishra blamed the panchayat and said that it was a conspiracy. He said, "I had planned to tour many places and it was already fixed. Then why was the motorboat not filled with enough petrol? I have not been able to visit other places. When this can happen to me, what will they do with the common people? I see a conspiracy in it and will complain to the DM".
The Tehsildar said, "I was only asked to accompany the honourable MLA. If I was told (about the lack of fuel) earlier, I would have made appropriate arrangements".
A lot of regions in the area have been flooded and people have been stranded for a long time because of the heavy rainfall which has led to flooding, and an increase in the levels of the river Ganga. This has put a lot of villages and small towns along the banks of the river under risk. Many houses have already submerged and the residents in the region are blaming officials for lack of rescue efforts and paucity in facilities.