Punjab rain torrent kills 15 people

Punjab rain torrent kills 15 people

in deep trouble: Men carry an elderly villager to safety through flood waters near Patiala in Punjab on Thursday. AFP

About 15 people, including two children, have lost their lives in flood-hit Kurukshetra, Ambala, Patiala and Ludhiana in the past two days. Among the dead are six each from Patiala and Ambala, two from Kurukshetra and one from Ludhiana.A 20-feet fresh breach had occurred in SYL at Udhar Singh village in Kuruskhetra, worst hit due to torrential rains, inundating several villages in deep waters.

Normal life, including movement of rail and road traffic, has been restored in parts of Punjab and Haryana with relief and rescue operations going on a war footing in flood ravaged parts of Kurukshetra, Ambala, Patiala, Ludhiana and Sangrur.

As part of relief and rescue operations, the services of helicopters are being used by the army, besides personnel of National Disaster Rescue Force are working overtime to bring things under control, officials said.

The Army and NDRF personnel are working to plug the breach at Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal in Kurukshetra district.

The Kurukshetra-Pehowa road has been closed in view of water logging, officials said, adding that a fresh breach had occurred at Bibipur Lake close to Jyotisar in Kurukshetra district.|

Villages marooned
Even as several seasonal rivers, including Markanda and Tangri, are flowing much below the danger mark, over a dozen villages were marooned as water spilled over from overflowing of SYL near Naggal in Ambala district where Army personnel had been summoned for rescue and relief operations, reports said.

Due to breaches in Ghaggar river at two places in Sangrur and Patiala, nearly 50 villages were cut off in Dakala area and had been marooned under knee deep waters, they said.

NDRF personnel are also using the services of motor boats and swimmers to rescue people trapped in houses and other places in the flood-hit areas of the two states.
With no rainfall in most parts of the region on Thursday, water levels have receded considerably at several places in the flood-hit areas, providing respite to the affected people. Officials said that rail and road traffic has been restored in most places of the region. However, a railway track was partially damaged close to Shahbad in Kurukshetra district, reports said.

Railway sources said that the mainline Delhi-Ambala-Kalka section is still disrupted and majority of long distance trains are being diverted through Jakhal-Dhuri-Ludhiana section. Over a dozen trains bound towards Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir remained cancelled.

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