The lives of hundreds of residents of villages situated on the Beas riverbed near Sultanpur Lodhi have been made miserable for nearly two days as the river water has flooded the area.
Green fodder standing on several acres has been destroyed, causing big loss to villagers. The administration, however, had ruled out any possibility of devastation due to floods.
The villages affected by river water include Baupur Jadid, Baupur Khurd, Sangra, Mohammdabad, Mand Gujjarpur and Rampur Gore.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Baupur village sarpanch Swaran Singh revealed that water level started rising on late Tuesday night and kept on rising for the next nearly 10 hours. "Till Wednesday, 2 to 3 feet of water was there in most villages in the area and life was paralysed. The entire green fodder crop has been fully destroyed while paddy crop has also got partly affected. We had to shift the village school to nearby gurdwara which is at a high level," he said.
"We have lost everything and the government must now come to our rescue," said lambardar Paramjeet Singh.
This happens with us almost every year as the state government has failed to take any concrete action to save the lives of the people living here for years, he added.
"Villagers remained busy throughout the day on Thursday to create 'bundhs' using sandbags with the help of drainage department authorities," he further added.
The water, however, started receding on Thursday afternoon and lives have started restoring to normal, added Balbir Singh, a villager.
Sultanpur Lodhi SDM Kuldeep Singh Chandi, when contacted, ruled out any flood threat for the timebeing. "The people are living on the river bed. I personally had visited the area after getting reports. The water level in the river is below normal. It was rain water which had played havoc and farmers who have cultivated their crops on the riverbed areas only have got affected," he maintained.
"We have been asking residents not to sow crops on river bed but they do not pay any heed to our advice. As far as floods are concerned, we cannot even imagine in the present time as the people of state are suffering due to inadequate rain in the region," said SDO (irrigation) Harbans Lal.
"We are regularly updating the administration about the safety and precaution measures taken by the drainage department," he added.