Haryana flood threat rises after Yamuna headwork damaged

September 13th, 2010 - 9:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Sep 13 (IANS) The flood threat in Haryana has risen after the Tajewala headwork on the Yamuna in Yamunanagar district suffered extensive damage Monday, allowing the fast flowing waters to inundate low-lying villages, officials said.
“One corner of the Tajewala headwork has been washed away with the strong current of water. It will certainly dissipate the regulatory power of the point and pose a threat of floods in the nearby villages,” an official said here.

“Water is flowing at very fast pace through this headwork. However, our officials are monitoring the situation.”

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Monday carried out an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Yamunanagar district.

Over 125 villages were flooded in Panipat and Yamunanagar districts last Wednesday as the Yamuna river overflowed its banks. Rescue work is on in the flood-affected villages.

Meanwhile, the discharge of water from Hathni Kund barrage into the Yamuna was over 265,944 cusecs.

“Flood water that had entered the villages and the agricultural land after peak discharge of 7.07 lakh cusecs a couple of days back, has started receding,” a revenue department spokesman said, adding there was damage to the Yamuna embankment at many places due to erosion

“Incessant rain in various parts of Haryana yesterday (Sunday) has increased flood discharge to 47,907 cusecs in the Ghaggar river. Preventive measures have been taken to check further erosion of embankments. No loss of life and property is reported so far,” he added.

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