Flood situation `under control` in Haryana

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 15:31

Chandigarh: Flood water has started receding from Haryana`s Yamunanagar and Karnal districts and the situation is "under control", an official said Wednesday, even as over one lakh cusecs of water was released in the Yamuna river from the Hathinikund barrage.

"Today 103,992 cusecs water was released into the Yamuna. Though the water is flowing at a very fast pace, the overall condition is under control," an official of Hathinikund barrage control room said.

"The maximum release in the Yamuna was 184,000 cusecs yesterday (Tuesday)," he said.

Incessant rainfall in the upper reaches of the Shivalik Hills and in Uttarakhand led to heavy water inflows in the Yamuna. This led to flooding in many districts of Haryana.

The Yamuna saw a maximum discharge of 744,507 cusecs of water from the Hathinikund barrage in Haryana Monday, breaking records of the past 32 years. The previous record of discharge into the Yamuna was 709,000 cusecs, recorded Sep 3, 1978.

Nearly 700,000 cusecs of water was discharged into the Yamuna from the Hathinikund barrage Sunday.

"Flood situation is under control in Haryana and the water has started receding from residential areas of Yamunanagar and Karnal districts. Water is also receding from the low-lying agriculture fields," Haryana`s financial commissioner and principal secretary (revenue) Naresh Gulati said.

"We are taking all precautions and the field staff of our irrigation department in Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat, Faridabad and Palwal has been alerted. They are taking all measures to protect the vulnerable sites. Round-the-clock vigil is on to avoid damage due to floods," he added.
Gulati said residents in three villages of Indra Nagar, Moblipur and Gurvari of Palwal district have been evacuated and shifted to relief camps.

Haryana`s revenue and disaster management department has directed the deputy commissioners of Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Palwal, Mewat, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Bhiwani and Faridabad to conduct survey to evaluate the damaged crops.
Tajewala headworks in Yamunanagar district has also suffered major damage due to the fast currents of water.

"Right Side Longitudinal Downstream Embankment (RSLDE) downstream of Tajewala headworks has been damaged in a length of about 4,000 feet. We are working to repair it," Gulati said.

IANS



First Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 15:31

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