Chandigarh: The rising waters of Ghaggar
river today inundated five more villages in Haryana`s Mansa
district, prompting authorities to step up relief measures
while the situation in Fetehabad and Sirsa districts showed
signs of improvement.
The five new villages that were submerged today are among
27 villages located in the worst-hit Sardulgarh area of Mansa
district where plugging of breaches continued on a war
Besides the breach at Sadhuwala, another breach occurred
in Kahnewala last night, leading to deployment of one column
of the Army and one unit of National Disaster Response Force
in Sardulgarh, officials said.
39 villages of the district are vulnerable and the
district administration is keeping a round-the-clock vigil on
the situation, they said.
However, the situation was improving in flood-affected
areas of Fatehabad and Sirsa districts.
The situation in the affected areas of the state is under
control with relief measures intensified, Haryana Chief
Secretary Urvashi Gulati who reviewed the relief measures
being carried out in the affected districts including Ambala,
Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Fatehabad and Sirsa, said.
She also presided over a meeting of the State Executive
Committee of Disaster Management where she was informed that
the breaches in the SYL canal in Punjab area had been plugged.
In Fatehabad district, heavy discharge in river Ghaggar
resulted in excessive flow of water into Rangoi Nallah which
breached at two places.
Army has been deployed by the district administration to
plug the breach.
Meanwhile, Punjab`s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh
Badal asked the Agriculture Department to provide seeds for
alternate crops free of cost to farmers whose crop has been
destroyed in the recent floods.
Reviewing the flood situation and relief operations in
Punjab at a high level meeting here, Badal said that besides
arranging sufficient quantity of early maturing varieties of
paddy saplings, the Agriculture Department should also provide
seeds for alternate crops like Moongi, maize and oilseeds
to the farmers so that they do not have to spend money for
He said that Punjab government has already waived off
water cess, power charges for tubewell motors besides
deferring the payment of cooperative crop loans.