A high-powered Central team on visited flood-affected areas of Punjab to assess damage with state officials briefing them on a controversial canal set up by neighbouring Haryana, which they claimed has aggravated the situation.
The four-member inter-ministerial team visited some of the areas in worst-affected Patiala and Mansa districts and also studied visuals and clippings. The recent floods have claimed 25 lives in the state.
The team, led by Joint Secretary Home Affairs R P Nath, included Director of Agriculture and Cooperation Department and Directorate of Wheat Development Ghaziabad G K Chaudhary, Power Ministry Director R K Verma and Senior Regional Director in Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry Amarjeet Kaur.
Punjab officials led by Financial Commissioner (Revenue) Romila Dubey showed pictures of areas affected by devastating floods in a specially organised video show in Samana here.
The team also went through the pictures of Hansi Bhutana Canal near Azimgarh in Haryana adjoining Patiala district, which Punjab officials claimed blocked water in Ghaggar river, resulting in low-lying areas being submerged by flood water.