Standing crops over hundreds of acres of land were destroyed after a breach in the Sivian Rajbaha (canal) near Channuwala village under Baghapurana subdivision, 30 km from here, on Thursday.
As per information, water from the breach also destroyed maize, menthe, fodder and feed stores of the farmers of Channuwala, Rajeana. The breach occurred in the wee hours of Thursday, but farmers came to quite late in the day.
They informed the canal department officials, following which the repair work started on the canal.
An announcement about the breach was made from the village gurdwara's loudspeaker after which the farmers rushed to the spot.
"More than 400 acres of crops, including newly transplanted paddy, cotton and moong, were inundated and got destroyed. We are making all efforts to plug the breach," he said.
On receiving information, Moga deputy commissioner Parminder Singh Gill and officials of the irrigation department reached the site and supervised the efforts to plug the breach.
Earlier, hundreds of residents of nearby villages reached Channuwala and started work to stop water flow with sand bags.
Darshan Singh, a resident of Rajeana, alleged that the irrigation department did not pay attention for cleaning the canal, while farmers of the area had been demanding it for the past two years.
"Now water has entered our fields and different crops have been completely damaged. A special girdawri should be conducted immediately and compensation should be provided to victims," said another progressive farmer Balwinder Singh.
Another grower, Gurpreet Singh of Channuwala alleged that efforts to plug the breach were launched after a delay of four hours. "We want justice and compensation with immediate effect," he added.
Sarabjit Singh, junior engineer of irrigation department, said," We are finding the main cause of the breach and I hope that the repair work will be finished soon."
The deputy commissioner said, "He has ordered an inquiry to ascertain the cause of the breach. Strict action would be taken against any irrigation department officials found responsible in this connection."