Incessant rains in many parts of Punjab, Haryana

Incessant rains hit normal life in many parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on Thursday.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 12:13 PM IST

Chandigarh: Incessant rains hit normal life in many parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on Thursday with around 70 villages in the twin states affected by swollen
Yamuna and Sutlej rivers keeping army and civil authorities on high alert.

Normal life remained disrupted in most parts of Punjab and Haryana as heavy downpour inundated several low lying areas and also hit power supply in the region, officials said.

The in-flow of the Yamuna river at Hathnikund barrage in Yamunanagar district of Haryana was 2.5 lakh cusecs of water which is considered to be "medium flood" conditions, officials said.

Most of the areas along the embankments of the Yamuna and Sutlej rivers in the two agrarian states were affected by flash floods even as authorities remained on vigil.

The worst affected districts included Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Palwal, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Ludhiana, Feozepur, Patiala and Ropar.

Meanwhile, incessant rains continued in several parts of the region with Chandigarh recording 66.8 mm of rains followed by 52.3 mm at Patiala, 34.1 mm at Ambala, 31 mm at Gurgaon, 23.3 mm at Rohtak, 23 mm at Bhiwani, 29.2 mm at Ludhiana, 17 mm at Hisar, 11.4 mm at Karnal and six mm at Narnaul.

However, officials claimed that the water had been receding at a steady pace from flood-hit areas as it was flowing back in Sutlej and Yamuna.

The MeT forecast heavy rains at isolated places in the region during the next few hours.

PTI