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Admin begins relief work in flooded Haridwar villages

Radhika Nagrath, Hindustan Times  Haridwar, August 22, 2014
First Published: 16:07 IST(22/8/2014) | Last Updated: 16:12 IST(22/8/2014)

Owing to heavy rain, the Ganga has swollen again and flooded low-lying villages in Haridwar district. The administration has started relief works and is keeping a vigil in the areas.

Among the flooded areas in the district are Dummanpuri, Kalsiya, Sherpur Bela, Madabela, Ballawali, Jogawala and Chandrapuri. Nearly 3,000 families have been affected, said administrative officials. Many residents spend their nights on the roofs of their houses.

The administration has begun relief and rescue operations in flood-affected areas of Luxor in the district. A total of 40 platoons of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and other police personnel evacuated many villagers to safer places.

Around 250 persons in Dummanpur were evacuated to safer places while 300 persons in Kalsiya, 300 persons in Sherpur Bela, Balawala, Jogawala and 200 people in Chandrapur were shifted from vulnerable areas of the Khanpur block. The administration has asked Gram Pradhans to encourage residents to leave their homes and take shelter at safer places.

Speaking to HT, district magistrate D Santhil Pandiyan said, “Relief material consisting of clothing and utensils has been distributed in 10 villages which are severely affected. A survey of loss of agricultural land and partial and fully damaged houses is being conducted. Relief cheques shall be distributed soon.

Ration packets of 5 kg each have been distributed to flood-hit families.” The DM said that the administration has also taken precautions such as  embankment construction.

Several social organisations have come forward to lend a helping hand in relief work. The situation has not yet improved. In the interior areas of Luxor, nearly two dozen villages have been affected. The disaster management team of Shantikunj, a social organisation, has deployed several groups to assist people in Raisi block, Doomanpuri and Khanpur block of Laksar.

On the request of the local authorities, this disaster management team distributed 5,000 food packets in flood-hit areas. A 15-member team of district administration is also assisting these relief workers.


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