With breaches on rivers plugged and the Monsoon abating in the region, the situation in Punjab and Haryana on Friday showed signs of improvement even as two persons died in Sardulgrah taking the death toll in current bout of floods in the two states to 40.
Floodwaters have started receding in most parts of the two states, including Mansa, Kurukshetra, Fatehabad, Sirsa, Ropar and Sangrur, officials said in Chandigarh.
Meanwhile, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal directed the authorities to expedite relief operations and asked the agriculture department to guide farmers in re-sowing operations.
With two deaths in Sardulgarh, the death toll in the current floods in Punjab climbed to 25 while it was 15 in Haryana.
Punjab Chief Secretary SC Agrawal reviewed rescue and relief operations in flood hit areas of Patiala, Sangrur and Mansa and also monitored the situation on ground.
Sukhbir apprehended outbreak of epidemic of flood related diseases once the situation becomes completely normal and asked the concerned departments to remain on high alert.
"We are committed to prevent epidemic by providing potable water, sufficient quantity of chlorine tablets besides freshly cooked food to the flood victims," he said.
He issued instructions to provide relief to every affected farmer within 7 days positively and asked Deputy Commissioners to personally monitor the relief disbursement.
He also appealed to various NGOs to extend a helping hand to the administration in providing succour to flood-hit people.