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A week on, village remains under water

punjab Updated: Aug 28, 2013 19:37 IST
Raghbir Singh Brar

Stagnant water in Faridkot is still a big issue. Quila Naon village is still flooded with the link road virtually turning into a sea. Water has entered into homes and people are desperate for relief.

"It has been more than a week since the village was flooded. We were forced to shift our luggage to a neighbour's house to save it from getting damaged," said Basanti Devi, a resident from the village.

Almost all residents have some water stagnant in their homes and are forced to walk or drive through the water.

"As the rainwater is draining out, we have to careful of diseases and epidemics. The situation could have been avoided if the link drain which can drain out the village water was cleaned within time," says Gurpreet Singh, another resident of Quila Naon.

"Political groups are responsible for the mess. They create divisions and do not allow any step for the common good," he alleged.

"Paddy crop in low-lying areas has been badly damaged," says Pala Singh, claiming that his six-acre paddy had been damaged.

"The farmers whose crops have been damaged will struggle to make ends meet this season."

With the administration trying to find a solution by digging drains, the villagers clash among themselves on the flow of water. Residents of Quila Naon and Ratti Rori clashed and firing occurred after the administration tried to implement one such decision.

Ratti Rori sarpanch Mehar Singh claimed that the main Langhewal drain was not cleaned, while some of the links were cleaned, leading to the sudden inflow of water.

"Houses have been damaged and crops have been hit on hundreds of acres," he claimed.

He added that 15 houses from the village were cut off for more than a week. Residents of Ratti Rori claim that the drainage department officials told them that the department Did not get the required Rs 90 lakh from the government for cleaning the drain.

In the village, tents had to be pegged at the grain market.

Faridkot deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said: "I have ordered a special girdawri to assess the loss of crops and houses. I have also ordered several pumps that are working to drain out the water. Choked drains are being cleared manually and by JCB machines."