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Swollen Beas threatens villagers, river-bed submerged

punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2013 21:06 IST
HT Correspondent

The increase in water flow in river Beas has badly affected the lives of villagers living in the adjacent areas as houses and fields located in nearly four kilometres area ahead of advance dhussi bundh has been submerged.

By evening, 117000 cusecs of water was flowing in Beas and it was likely to reach 120000 cusecs till night, said the drainage department officials.

Baghuana, Bajjaan, Dera Hari Singh, Mohammad Alipur, Sherpur Dogran, Passan Kadin, Lakh Warian, Midewal, Bharoana and Mand Baupur, which are located in the river area, are worst hit.

From three to four feet of water was in schools, houses and roads of the villages and the administration had evacuated some villages by taking the residents to safer positions.

At Rampur Gorey village temporary bundh erected by the villagers to save fields was washed away by heavy flow of water entering the villages.

Deputy commissioner Daljit Singh Mangat, SSP Kapurthala Inderbir Singh, Sultanpur Lodhi MLA Navtej Singh Cheema visited the flood-affected villages and supervised the rescue operations.

"These villages are situated in the river area. We have evacuated the villages and suitable arrangements are being made to provide health services to people and cattle-stock," Mangat said.

"Water increased due to heavy rainfall in the catchment area of Pong Dam. In the morning, the inflow was 385000 cusecs which was reduced to 34000 cusecs in the evening. From Pong Dam 60000 cusecs of water was being released and nearly 34000 cusecs of water was added from Chakki bank near Pathankot in river Beas," he added.

"There is no need to panic yet as water is flowing five to six feet below the advance dhussi bandh. All our officials are alert to deal with any eventuality," he said.