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Heavy rains flood Ambala, child dies due to electrocution

Heavy rainfall in Punjab and Haryana today threw normal life out of gear and left almost the entire Ambala town flooded where a child died due to electrocution.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2010 03:20 PM IST

Heavy rainfall in Punjab and Haryana on Tuesday threw normal life out of gear and left almost the entire Ambala town flooded where a child died due to electrocution.

The incessant rainfall had flooded several low lying areas in the region, besides affecting power supply and road traffic, officials said.

The entire town, including the Ambala Cantt Railway Yard, has been flooded with up to five feet of water disrupting rail and road traffic in various directions.

Normal life was hit due to the flooding of the district which received 190 mm of rains till early this morning. The power supply has been disrupted due to the damage in power cables.

Meanwhile, a 10-year-old child Rajnish died due to electrocution in Naggal area of the district, Naggal Station House Officer Ajay Singh said.

About 250 shops of the Wholesale Cloth Market have been flooded with water causing a damage of Rs 10 Crore, President of the Wholesale Cloth Market Association Harcharan Singh Bhatia told PTI.

The rain water has also flooded around 500 other shops in the town.

Eight villages - Saha, Pasiala, Kesri, Samalkha, Khudda, Dukheri, Keshopur and Samreri - have been flooded with rain water and the over flowing Markanda and Begna rivers which criss cross the district.

A large amount of agriculture land in the district has also been flooded, officials said.

Trees got uprooted, electricity wires snapped hampering power supply in Punjab and Haryana which were lashed by heavy rains since last night.

The rainfall is, however, being considered beneficial for the paddy crop, agriculture experts said.

It is expected that the maximum temperature will further dip in the region, MeT official said.

Patiala received 90.5 mm of rainfall followed by Karnal at 63 mm. Nanagal dam received 59.1 mm rains, Sangrur 50.2 mm and Nawanshahr 30 mm.

Among other places, Dera Bassi received 130.4 mm of rainfall followed by 112.6 mm at Rajpura, 93 mm at Ropar, 13 mm at Narnaul, 24.7 mm at Hisar, 4 mm at Bhiwani, 7.7 mm at Ludhiana.

Chandigarh received 86.8 mm of rainfall inundating several places and disrupting normal life in the city.

The heavy downpour is likely to raise the level of reservoirs in Punjab and improve the power situation.

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