Punjab floods: More villages marooned, 37 dead

Swollen rivers submerged five more villages in worst-hit Mansa in Bhatinda district as the death count from the flood fury in Punjab and Haryana climbed to 37 on Thursday.

Last Updated: Jul 15, 2010, 23:31 PM IST

Chandigarh: Swollen rivers submerged five
more villages in worst-hit Mansa in Bhatinda district as the
death count from the flood fury in Punjab and Haryana climbed
to 37 on Thursday.

Authorities requisitioned Army and ITBP as the flood
water threatened to enter Sardulgarh city in Mansa where river
Ghaggar submerged five more villages, reports said.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and
his MP-wife Harsimrat Kaur visited flood-hit areas in Mansa
and conducted an aerial survey.

So far, 37 people have perished in floods with Punjab
accounting for 27 fatalities and Haryana 15.

In Haryana, the flood situation worsened in Sirsa with
reports of breaches in an embankment near village Ferozabad,
the reports said.

Army personnel assisted by volunteers were trying to
plug the breaches as some villagers were completely evacuated.

A Central team, led by Joint Secretary R P Nath, will
visit Haryana on July 19 and 20 for on-the-spot assessment of
the situation.

Badal reviewed the devastation caused by the flood fury
and directed district officials to carry out relief operations
on a war-footing.
The Shiromani Akali Dal chief said the state government
was committed to providing all help to the people in distress,
in particular farmers.

Badal said the damage caused to crops was estimated at
Rs 480 crore, adding Rs 1000 crore were required to repair
roads washed away by the floods.

Mansa Deputy Commissioner Kumar Rahul said over 8000
acres had been inundated in Sardulgarh area with some 15
villages severely affected by the flooding.

PTI