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Floods: Panchkula and Ambala districts put on alert

Panchkula and Ambala districts were on Saturday put on alert as the Ghaggar river was in spate following heavy overnight rains in Chandigarh and adjoining areas.



Chandigarh: Panchkula and Ambala districts
were on Saturday put on alert as the Ghaggar river was in spate
following heavy overnight rains in Chandigarh and adjoining
areas.

The gushing water of Ghaggar swept away three youths in
Panchukla district who were later rescued by authorities after
several hours of operations, they said.
In Patiala, Sangrur, Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar and
Mansa districts a total of 67 breaches had been identified out
of which works for plugging of 33 breaches had been completed
and rest 34 will be done in the next couple of days.

The situation in flood ravaged districts of Punjab and
Haryana was fast improving as army personnel, NGOs, villagers
and district administration were working round the clock in
the affected areas, even though Mansa faced a grim picture,
officials said.

As many as 41 people have died due to the floods in the
two states. Medical and vet teams are providing treatment to
patients and animals in the affected villages.

Around 21 villages have been badly affected due to the
floods in Mansa due to breaches in Ghaggar.
People are being evacuated and accommodated in several
relief camps in the flood affected areas, officials said,
adding over 6000 patients had been treated for vector borne
diseases in Mansa.

The breaches of Ghagger river near village Firozabad
would soon be plugged as the situation of floods is now
under control.

In Sirsa district where 32,000 acres of land in 47
villages has so far been affected the estimated loss is of
more than Rs 165 crore, Sirsa Deputy Commissioner C G
Rajnikanthan said.

He said a Central team would visit the flooded areas of
district Sirsa on July 19 to assess the damage.

The Government of Punjab and Haryana have appealed to the
people to cooperate with the administration in speeding up
rescue and relief measures.

PTI

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