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Haryana flood: Toll reaches 35, water-level down at barrage

Two more deaths were reported from Haryana`s flood-hit Yamunanagar dist taking the casualty toll to 35 in the state, even as the situation there improved following considerable fall in water-level at the Hathnikund barrage.



Chandigarh: Two more deaths were reported
from Haryana`s flood-hit Yamunanagar district taking the
casualty toll to 35 in the state, even as the situation there
improved following considerable fall in water-level at the
Hathnikund barrage.

The water-level, which had risen to 90,000 cusecs
yesterday, was down to 30,000 cusecs at the Hathnikund barrage
this evening, Yamunanagar Deputy Commissioner, Ashok Sangwan
said.

"There is no cause for panic. The water discharge is
down today considerably after we opened both the western and
eastern ends of the canal," he said.

There had been no heavy rainfall in the district since
noon yesterday though there have been some intermittent
showers.

"We continue to keep a watch on the situation and
review it at short intervals of time. We would like to assure
that as of now there is no cause for panic," he said.

Sangwan, however, said that two flood-related deaths
had been reported from the district.

The victims were identified as Sheela Devi (40) of
Ganauli village and Liyaqat Ali (36) of Nayagaon, taking the
toll in the district to nine.

Ambala, Kurukshetra, Sirsa and Fatehabad were among
the worst-affected districts due to the recent floods.

Sangwan said there was no disruption in vehicular
traffic, dismissing reports that a national highway had been
closed to traffic.

"The vehicular traffic on NH-73 which connects
Yamunanagar to Poanta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh is also plying
normally. We have never closed this highway at any point of
time, though we had restricted the flow of heavy traffic on
this route as a precaution. Light traffic has always been
plying on this highway," he said.

Around 1,575 acres of land in Bilaspur tehsil`s 13
villages had been affected by the floods due to heavy rains on
July 31.

Flood water has receded from the agricultural land of
six villages of the tehsil, the official said, adding a total
of 30 villages in Bilaspur tehsil were flood-hit.

Similarly, as many as 120 acres of land in Chahhrauli
tehsil has been marooned by the flood, raising the total
flood-hit area in the tehsil to 5,755 acres.

Due to heavy rains, village Mamli, Sudail and Kharwan
in Jagadhari tehsil have also been affected by the flood. A
total of 7,539 acres of land in 76 villages in the tehsil has
been inundated with the flood water.

The flood water, however, is now gradually receding,
he added.

PTI

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