Heavy rains flood Ambala, child dies due to electrocution

Heavy rainfall in Punjab and Haryana Tuesday threw normal life out of gear and left almost the entire Ambala town flooded where a child died due to electrocution.

Last Updated: Jul 06, 2010, 15:11 PM IST

Chandigarh: Heavy rainfall in Punjab and
Haryana Tuesday threw normal life out of gear and left almost
the entire Ambala town flooded where a child died due to
electrocution.

The incessant rainfall had flooded several low lying
areas in the region, besides affecting power supply and road
traffic, officials said.

The entire town, including the Ambala Cantt Railway Yard,
has been flooded with up to five feet of water disrupting rail
and road traffic in various directions.

Normal life was hit due to the flooding of the district
which received 190 mm of rains till early this morning. The
power supply has been disrupted due to the damage in power
cables.

Meanwhile, a 10-year-old child Rajnish died due to
electrocution in Naggal area of the district, Naggal Station
House Officer Ajay Singh said.

About 250 shops of the Wholesale Cloth Market have been
flooded with water causing a damage of Rs 10 Crore, President
of the Wholesale Cloth Market Association Harcharan Singh
Bhatia said.

The rain water has also flooded around 500 other shops in
the town.

Eight villages - Saha, Pasiala, Kesri, Samalkha, Khudda,
Dukheri, Keshopur and Samreri - have been flooded with rain
water and the over flowing Markanda and Begna rivers which
criss cross the district.

A large amount of agriculture land in the district has
also been flooded, officials said.

Trees got uprooted, electricity wires snapped hampering
power supply in Punjab and Haryana which were lashed by heavy
rains since last night.

The rainfall is, however, being considered beneficial for
the paddy crop, agriculture experts said.

It is expected that the maximum temperature will further
dip in the region, MeT official said.

Patiala received 90.5 mm of rainfall followed by Karnal
at 63 mm. Nanagal dam received 59.1 mm rains, Sangrur 50.2 mm
and Nawanshahr 30 mm.

Among other places, Dera Bassi received 130.4 mm of
rainfall followed by 112.6 mm at Rajpura, 93 mm at Ropar, 13
mm at Narnaul, 24.7 mm at Hisar, 4 mm at Bhiwani, 7.7 mm at
Ludhiana.

Chandigarh received 86.8 mm of rainfall inundating several
places and disrupting normal life in the city.

The heavy downpour is likely to raise the level of
reservoirs in Punjab and improve the power situation.

PTI