Central team visits flood affected Punjab
A four-member central team headed by Joint Secretary Home Prabhanshu Kamal visited three villages in the district worst affected by the breach in the river Sutlej.india Updated: Aug 24, 2008 17:12 IST
A four-member central team headed by Joint Secretary Home (disaster management) Prabhanshu Kamal on Sunday visited three villages in the district worst affected by the breach in the river Sutlej.
The team which visited the villages of Madarpur, Boghewala and Sanghere, was sent by the Centre after a team led by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal met the Prime Minister and sought a central team to assess the damage to life and property.
Earlier the team visited the Makhu area.
Addressing the media persons at Boghewala, the joint secretary said the team would submit its report soon with the Centre.
Kamal also interacted with affected villagers.
He observed "heavy losses" due to the flooding of the villages due to breaches in Dhusi bandh.
"There is a dire need of protection of people in flood-hit areas from various water-borne diseases," he said.
The joint secretary said he was "satisfied" with steps taken by the district administration, which has constituted 22 medical and 11 veterinary teams.
In reply to a question, Kamal said he had asked the Punjab government to send a damage assessment report to the Centre.
Punjab Irrigation Secretary Suresh Kumar there was a dire need of strengthening of the Dhusi bandh, he said.
The present norms of compensation of Rs 1,600 per acre of crop loss and Rs 25,000 for 'pucca' houses and Rs 10,000 for 'kachha' houses is inadequate, he said.