Army asked to rescue marooned people in Punjab

August 16th, 2008 - 4:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Aug 16 (IANS) The Punjab government Saturday sought army help to rescue people marooned in villages in the flood-affected border district of Ferozepur, an official said. Several districts of the state have been inundated by water following continuous rain in the last three days. Over 10 people have died in various parts of the state so far.

A state government spokesman said that army had been called out in Ferozepur district, 300 km from here, to rescue marooned people. He said that 25 motorized boats have been pressed into service to evacuate people.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Saturday did an aerial survey of the district for nearly one hour. He was upset that no help was reaching marooned villagers who were perched on rooftops to save themselves.

All major rivers in the state, including Sutlej, Beas and Ravi were flowing to capacity. The Bhakra Nangal, Pong and Maharaja Ranjit Singh dams were also full.

Badal told his ministers and district authorities in affected areas to rope in social and religious organisations and other volunteers to help flood affected people and to start `Langar’ (community kitchen) to provide food.

The other flood affected districts of the state include Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala and Jalandhar.

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