Flood threat over Punjab, Haryana towns (Lead)August 25th, 2010 - 9:27 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, Aug 25 (IANS) Many low-lying areas of Punjab remained on high alert Wednesday as the Satluj river flowed near the danger mark. A fresh breach emerged in the Yamuna river in Haryana’s Karnal district, flooding acres of agricultural land.
“There has been a continuous discharge of water from the Bhakra Dam into the Satluj river for the last five days. This has significantly increased the water level,” Punjab’s chief engineer (irrigation) Amarjit Singh Dullat told IANS.
“At some places Satluj is really flowing at an alarming level,” he said.
“So far, water has overflowed in some villages of Ropar district but there has been no loss of life. The victims have been evacuated to safe locations. We have appointed officials at all vulnerable areas in the state to monitor the situation,” he added.
In the neighbouring state of Haryana, a fresh breach emerged in the Yamuna river in Karnal district, leading to the flooding of several acres of agriculture land in two villages of the district.
Earlier, tens of hundreds of people left their homes as the rain-swollen Satluj river flooded 15 villages in Anandpur Sahib in Punjab’s Ropar district, inundating vast acres of farmland.
A nearly 100-foot breach in the river bank turned the villages of Laudipur, Gajjpur, Burj, Nangli, Dasdgrain, Hariwal, Nikkuwal, Mehandli Kalan and Saini Majra into a sea of water.
Authorities quickly set up relief centres to house the flood victims. “We will plug the breach,” Ropar Deputy Commissioner Arunjit Singh Miglani said.
Flooding was also reported in the villages of Ferozepur and Nawanshahar districts. Trains were diverted in Ferozepur after water flooded tracks.
To maintain the water level in the 225-metre Bhakra Dam, the Bhakra Beas Management Board has been releasing excess water into the Satluj since Aug 21. The inflow in the Bhakra Dam Tuesday was over 68,000 cusecs.
This is threatening the low-lying areas of Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Nawanshahar and Ropar districts and the Sikh holy towns of Anandpur Sahib and Kiratpur Sahib.
Water level can reach the maximum height of 1,680 feet in the Bhakra Dam. By Tuesday evening, it had touched 1,673.55 feet. It is increasing about a foot a day.
In Haryana, water level in the Yamuna receded marginally but Yamunanagar, Karnal, Sonepat, Panipat, Faridabad and Palwal districts remained on high alert.
“There was a discharge of over 90,000 cusecs from the Hathni Kund Barrage into the Yamuna. Water from the river entered the villages of Kalesar, Bibipur, Bhogpur, Odri, Bagwali, Jathlana, Gumthala and Kamalpur Tapu (of Yamunanagar district),” Haryana engineer-in-chief Harmail Singh said.
“We are trying to plug the breaches,” Singh said.
Last month, nearly a dozen villages of Punjab and Haryana were severely affected by floods. Over 50 people were killed.
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