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Heavy rains lash Punjab, Haryana

Major breaches in rivers and canals have led to the flooding of vast areas in Punjab & Haryana.



Chandigarh: Incessant rains continued for the
second day Wednesday in most parts of Punjab, Haryana and
Chandigarh disrupting normal life even as authorities remained
on high alert to tackle flood-like situation in several areas,
especially parts of Ambala, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana and Patiala.

The rail and road traffic in the region remained
partially affected in view of heavy downpour flooding rail
tracks and roads, hitting normal life badly, officials said.

Besides, power supply had also been snapped at various
places in the region in view of uprooting of trees and
submerging of grid-stations.

Even mobile service had been partially affected as towers
remained submerged under deep waters.

Several villages of Kurukshetra district have been
marooned in deep waters due to a 100-feet breach in Sutlej-
Yamuna Link (SYL) canal at Gulabgarh village.

Reports of several villages and towns remaining submerged
in deep waters have been received from Ambala, Kuruskhetra,
Patiala, Ludhiana and Sangrur district.

The National Disaster Authority of India has sent a
150-member team comprising doctors along with ten boats to
flood-affected areas of Kurukshetra district, officials said.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had been
conducting an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Ambala
and Kurukshetra districts, officials said.

Hooda has directed the authorities to remain vigilant and
provide necessary services to the affected people at the
earliest, they said.

Pumps are being used to drain out water from flooded
areas, besides columns of Army personnel and district
administration are working to plug breach in SYL at
Kurkshetra.

Most of the rivers, including seasonal Tangri, Ghaggar,
Beng, are flowing at spate in the region putting authorities
and people on toes.

Haryana`s PWD Engineer-in-Chief Mahesh Kumar told PTI that
the entire machinery had been mobilised in flood-affected
areas.

He said that the all national and state highways in the
state are functional and once the rain stops these will be
repaired immediately.

Meanwhile, around 25 trains to criss cross from the region
have been cancelled due to heavy down pour.

Among these included Amritsar-Delhi Shatabdi,
Amrtisar-Haridwar Janshatabdi, Amritsar-Delhi inter-city,
Bhiwani-Delhi-Kalka Ekta express, Mumbai-Amritsar Golden
temple express, Jammu-Rishikesh Hemkund express, Himalayan
queen, Haridwar-Bathinda-Ganganagar express, Jammu mail,
Jalandhar-New Delhi inter city express, New Delhi-Kalka
Shatabdi express, Kalka-Barmer express, New Delhi-Amritsar
Shan e Punjab express, New Delhi-Jammu Tawi special,
Amritsar-Dehradun express, Chandigarh-Lucknow express, New
Delhi-Una Himachal express.

Meanwhile, Ambala received 196.7 mm of rainfall,
followed by 60.6 mm at Ludhiana, 59.2 mm at Nangal Dam, 14.8
mm at Bhiwani, 30 mm at Panchkula, 44 mm at Kurukshetra, 3 mm
at Karnal and 11.2 mm at Patiala.

PTI

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