Increasing water level of Basantar drain - which flows down from Pakistan to merge into the Ravi in the Indian Territory has wreaked havoc in villages along the Indo-Pak border in Dera Baba Nanak sector.The drain has not only swept away pavement of pukka roads, but more than 500 villagers were also stuck.
The increased water level in the Ravi - from 16 feet to 19 feet overnight - breached the Dhusi bandh at many points and submerged more than 5,000 hectares of agriculture land of almost six villages across the Ravi river.Even roofs of several houses at Ghiana-ke-Bet village were caved in following the downpour till Saturday evening.
Increasing water level in villages such as Purana Wahla, Laluwal, Gunia, Dhola Gola, Mansurke, Ghiana-Ke-Bet, Rasulpur had forced the residents to shift to the roofs of their house along with eatables.More than 1,500 animals are trapped in water.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Bhola Singh, sarpanch of Ghiana-ke-Bet village, said more than 250 people were stuck in his village and due to increase in water level of the Ravi, they were forced to stay on the roofs of their houses, which were too in dilapidated condition.
Around 10pm on Saturday, strong water currents from Basantar drain led to breaches in the Dhusi bandh that swept away the pukka road joining Dharamkot Pattan village with six other villages on the border. Blaming the administration of having apathetic attitude, the sarpanch said till Sunday morning, there was a single boat of the block development department.
Jaswant Singh (70), a resident of Ghiane-Ke-Bet village, who got stuck in his house along with family members, said the sudden increase in the water level had made the condition worst for them. Sources with the BSF said various link roads joining one village with another were also affected with the spat of water coming down from Basantar drain, while stating that they were working round-the-clock to rescue people, who were stuck on the other side of Ravi.
Though Dera Baba Nanak SDM Vineet Kumar was not available for comments, Gurdaspur deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha said due to heavy rainfall in J&K, water current in the Ravi was very strong and flooded the surrounding villages, but things were getting normal since Sunday morning.
He said the administration with the help of BSF and army was working round-the-clock and evacuating people trapped in the flood. He said the administration had already evacuated 20 people from Mansurke village and in future if there was any urgency, they would leave no stone unturned for the safety of the residents.