Rains continue to lash Punjab, Haryana

Moderate to heavy rains continued to lash most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh where many rivers were flowing above the danger level.

Last Updated: Sep 13, 2010, 12:55 PM IST

Chandigarh: Moderate to heavy rains continued to lash most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh where many rivers were flowing above the danger level.

The situation in flood-hit districts of Yamunanagar, Ambala, Karnal, Sonepat, Panipat, Ropar, Patiala and Bathinda is under control with Army, civil administration and NGOs
undertaking relief operations in the affected region, officials said here.

The water levels in Bhakra, Pong and the rivers, including Sutlej, Yamuna, Markanda and Tangri has crossed the permissible limits, they said, adding that the situation was,
however, not alarming.

The in-flow of water in Bhakra and Pong reservoirs had increased considerably in wake of rains in hills, Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) Irrigation member M K Gupta said.

He said that the water level in Bhakra dam at present was 1680.37 feet and the in-flow was 63,000 cusecs as against the outflow of 38,000 cusecs of water.

"The situation is absolutely normal at present," he said adding that at Pong dam the water level was 1391.21 feet with an in-flow of 1.70 lakh cusecs of water.

Meanwhile, 1.54 lakh cusecs of water was released in the Yamuna through Hathni Kund barrage in Yamunanagar district, officials said.

The water level in flood-hit villages of the twin states has been decreasing steadily, officials said, adding that there was no loss of life and property reported so far.

However, standing paddy, vegetables and other crops had been damaged which would be assessed after water recedes from flood hit areas.

Over 100 villages in the twin states have been affected due to flash floods caused by incessant rains and flash floods.

Meanwhile, there had been no respite from the torrential rains in the region with weather office forecasting heavy downpour in few places during the next few hours.

While Gurgaon received 41 mm of rains, Karnal was drenched by 18.4 mm of rainfall.

Among other places, Chandigarh had 12.4 mm of rains followed by 6 mm at Narnaul, 4.1 mm at Patiala, 3.1 mm at Rohtak, 2.5 mm at Ambala, 2.4 mm at Ludhiana and 1.2 mm at
Bhiwani.

PTI