Punjab seeks 1,000 cr in aid

The state government, while ordering a special survey to asses the loss due to floods, has demanded Central assistance to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore. The government said paddy crops in over 60,700 hectares had been damaged.

More than 566 villages in Punjab have been submerged in floods, fully destroying crops in two lakh acres and at least 21 people have lost their lives so far.
In a communique to the prime minister, the deputy chief minister said Punjab suffered extensive damages with a record rainfall in the catchment areas of Ghaggar that has breached at 32 places, causing far-reaching damage to crops, human life, houses, roads and other infrastructure.

The floods have cut off seven districts from the rest of the country. According to initial estimates, Punjab has suffered a loss of more than Rs  350 crore.

Reviewing the situation, he said priority should be given to expeditiously assess the loss suffered by farmers so that compensation could be provided to them.
Badal said the floods have damaged or washed away over 1,500 kilometres of roads, besides completely damaging over 350 houses.  The deputy chief minister said district administrations have already disbursed relief worth Rs 30 crore to the flood-hit people and medical and animal husbandry team were giving vaccination.

In neighbouring Haryana, as flood waters receded, vehicular traffic and train services were restored on Friday. Vehicular traffic was restored on the Ambala-Hisar highway with the help of the Army.

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