Paddy and other crops transplanted on hundreds of acres were flooded with water, following waterlogging in fields due to a breach in Langeana canal near Rajeana village in Moga district due to heavy flow of water.
The incident happened in the wee hours of Sunday, but farmers came to know about it later in the day. They informed the canal department officials, following which the repair work started on the canal.
Villagers were informed through village gurdwara's loudspeaker.
Progressive farmer Gurpiar Singh Bhola Brar of Rode village said the breach was witnessed at midnight and the villagers rushed to the spot after an announcement was made.
"More than 500 acres of crops, including newly transplanted paddy, cotton and moong, were inundated and got destroyed. We are making all efforts to fill the breach," he added.
Heavy rainfall in the area created havoc in Rajena, Rode Langeana and Kothe Rode villages of Baghapurana subdivision in Moga.
Brar added, "This minor canal does not pass completely through our village, but its one side touches our fields on the outskirts. Every monsoon, it overflows and our crops are destroyed. It originates from Langeana village."
Canal officials reached the spot and after inspection started the repair work and the water supply to the minor canal was stopped immediately.
However, the farmers' woes did not end as their crops were completely destroyed. They also said the incident happened every monsoon due to overflowing Sirhind feeder that supplies water to this minor canal and fields get inundated.
Moga district in the past one week has witnessed 140 mm of rainfall which has led to overflowing of canals, destroying newly transplanted paddy fields.
Jagsir Singh, one of the panchayat members of Rode, said "Maximum damage has been done to paddy and fodder crop sown for their cattle. All hard work has gone in vain. Now, we will have to transplant paddy again which has been washed off."
Sarabjit Singh, junior engineer of the canal department, said the repair work had started on the canal and the department had stopped the main supply for now.
"I hope that the repair work will be finished in the next 15 days and after that the farmers can get water for irrigation," he added.