Karnal: The district authorities on Monday rescued 160 villagers stranded at villages of Indri sub division due to sudden rise in the level of Yamuna waters.
Renu S Phulia, deputy commissioner said that 42 people were airlifted from an island at Chandrao village with the help of a chopper called in from the Indian Air Force base at Ambala. Others were rescued by boats.
DC said that the stranded villagers had gone to harvest fruit and vegetables sown near the river bank.
She further said that following an early morning alert of a sudden surge in Yamuna level, the authorities and villagers were alerted and no loss of life was reported.
Meanwhile, the vast stretches of the fields in low-lying villages of Indri area were flooded. However, the inhabited areas remained untouched by the flooded waters.
But the roads connecting low-lying villages including Dabkoli, Nabiabad, Kalsora and few others remained inundated.
SK Sharma, the superintendent engineer of irrigation department said that the survey confirmed that the populated areas were flooded.
"The geographical shape of these villages is such that Yamuna water spills in the fields even when water crosses the mark of 1.50 lakh cusecs. Water from the flooded fields recedes with the decline in the level of the river," said the official.
He said that situation may ease in the next 4-5 days.