A breach in Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC), a Ravi tributary, near Kotli village on Tuesday morning submerged three villages of the district and inundated acres of fertile land.
Residents of Gulpur, Simbali and parts of Kataru Chak were taken by surprise when they found themselves surrounded by water without any rain on Tuesday morning.
When villagers learnt that a breach had occurred in the UBDC, they immediately sounded the administration, following which irrigation department officials reached the spot and asked Madhopur head works to stop releasing water in the canal.
Though water has started receding by the time of filing of this report, the department was yet to plug the breach.
Deputy chief engineer Charanjit Singh claimed that he had asked the department officials to ascertain the reasons behind the breach.
According to locals, when they saw water all around them, they thought of a storm behind it.
“We feared something wrong, but as we checked thoroughly, we found that the water breached the canal, which was in bad shape,” claimed Vijay Kumar, a local. However, as the water level was low, we did not face any loss, he concluded.
There are many villages along the UBDC, which remain on high risk during such type of breaches.