7,000-acre farm land, 12 villages in Fazilka remain submerged

  • Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Ferozepur
  • Updated: Sep 08, 2014 22:05 IST

More than 7,000 acres of agricultural land and over 12 villages in Fazilka district remain submerged after heavy rain last week.The waterlogged villages included Shijrana, Ratta Khera, Halimwala, Salemwala, Manu Khera, Nukrein and Kheo Wali among others.

Fazilka district last week witnessed the highest-ever rainfall of 235mm, which led to a flood-like situation at many places. The rain claimed lives of six people as roofs of some hoses gave way due to heavy rain. The deceased included two women and two children.

Though the local administration is on its toes to tackle the situation and a number of suction pumps have been deployed to pump out water from fields as well as residential areas, yet many low-lying areas of the district remain flooded.

A number of government offices at Abohar, including a local government school for girls, are yet under water.The drainage wing of the irrigation department was also working on a war footing and KS Pannu, secretary, irrigation, Punjab, visited flood-affected areas in Fazilka to take stock of the situation.

Pannu also inspected the Jalalabad Mauzam and the Ditch Channel drains, which are main rainwater-carrying systems in southwestern Punjab. He found that that the drains were functioning to their full capacity of 13,414 and 1,827 cusecs respectively.He also inspected the outfall point of the Ditch Channel at the Fazilka creek of the Sutlej near Mohar Jamsher village. He was accompanied by Gurdial Singh, superintending engineer, besides other officials.

He said that stagnant water in various villages would be cleared in the next 48 hours as all efforts are being made to pump out water.Manjit Singh Brar, deputy commissioner (DC), Fazilka, said, "Efforts were being to drain out water from submerged areas. Water in paddy fields is no problem, but we are worried about cotton fields and low-lying areas."

However, water from most areas has been drained out except in the tehsil area and some low-lying areas, the DC added. As a precautionary measure, medicines were distributed among the people in the affected areas, Brar said.

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