60 villages in Yamunanagar flooded, Punjab, Haryana hit badly
The water level in the Yamuna is likely to rise by at least two metres above the danger mark by tomorrow evening due to release of over 8 lakh cusec water by Haryana, a prospect that has prompted authorities to ask people living in nearby low-lying areas to shift elsewhere.delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2010 16:00 IST
Torrential rains today continued unabated in Punjab and Haryana, leaving 60 villages in Yamunanagar district flooded even as situation in other parts of the region worsened with rivers flowing above the danger mark. Army personnel along with civilians were engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-hit areas of Yamunanagar.
A 20-foot breach has occurred on Yamunanagar-Poanta Sahib national highway 73 near Urjani and Yakipur village following which traffic has been suspended on the busy road connecting Haryana with Himachal Pardesh, officials said here.
The Ambala-Sharanpur road, connecting Haryana with Uttar Pardesh, was inundated by about one foot water near Kalanaur and Mandoli villages affecting the traffic.
The authorities have released additional water from Hathnikund barrage and Tajewala headworks in Yanunanagar district and Bhakra dam in Nangal in the Sutlej, Tangri and Markanada rivers following which areas close to the banks of these rivers face flood threat. Over two lakh cusecs of water had been released from Hathni Kund barrage in Yamunanagar district in the Yamuna river due to incessant rains in the hills.
People living close to river banks had been advised to evacuate places in Sonepat, Ambala and Karnal districts. The situation in Ropar and Anandpur Sahib areas of Punjab had also worsened due to overflowing of the Sutlej river and additional release of water in it from reservoirs.
Meanwhile, nearly 50 villages in Sonepat district on the Yamuna banks were facing a fresh flood threat in view of heavy rainfall in the catchment areas in the past two days. Torrential rains continued unabated in many areas of the the twin states with MeT forecasting more downpour.
While Rohtak received 52.1 mm of rains, Karnal got 13.2 mm of rainfall. Among other places, Patiala had 9.6 mm of rains followed by 8.2 mm at Hisar, 6.7 mm at Ludhiana, 6.5 mm at Ambala, 0.5 mm at Gurgaon and 0.8 mm at Bhiwani. Incessant rains had plummeted the mercury by around seven degrees Celsius in most parts of Punjab and Haryana.