Parneet Kaur, daughter of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and wife of food and civil supplies minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, on Tuesday toured some of the flood-affected villages of Tarn Taran district and assured farmers of help.
Deputy commissioner Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal accompanied her to Kot Buddha, Khulewal, Bhoora, Jaloke, Muthianwali, Hathar, Jhuggian Peer Kakash, and Toot villages. Parneet assured farmers that the administration had asked the revenue department for special survey to assess the damage to crop and property, and it would begin once the Beas water receded.
"Farmers will get compensation based on the government rules, and quickly," she said. "I will take up their problems with the chief minister," she added. Deputy commissioner Dhaliwal said medical teams were out in the affected villages to check the spread on any water-borne disease.
Villagers had received chlorine tablets and medicines free of cost, he added. The water level at downstream of Patti on Tuesday afternoon was 81,000 cusecs after the release of 18,000 cusecs from Pong dam into the Beas in Himachal Pradesh. So far, nearly 300 people have been rescued from the 44 flood-hit villages, where deluge has destroyed crop over about 30,000 acres.
Chief medical officer Dr Tejwant Singh reported 15 medical teams to be in the flood-affected area. "The teams have distributed 8,000 chlorine tablets and also collected blood samples of people who have reported any kind of fever," he said.