Punjab

BY AND FAR FLOOD SITUATION UNDER CONTROL , DC’S DIRECTED TO STEP UP VIGIL IN VIEW OF RESUMPTION OF RAINFALL

August 25, 2019 06:43 PM

Chandigarh/Jalandhar  (Face2News)

Giving an overview to the flood scenario in the State, an official spokesman of Government of Punjab informed that by and far, the flood situation is under control in the State but Deputy Commissioner’s have been directed to step up vigil in view of resumption of rainfall.

Water level in the Satluj river is going down. The current level is 82532 cuses as her Harike head,which intends to go down further by the evening.

• WATER LEVEL RECEDING AND BREACHES PLUGGED• RELIEF AND RESCUE OPERATIONS IN FULL SWING• POST FLOOD ACTIVITIES COMMENCED ON SETTING DEADLINE TO BRING BACK LIFE ON TRACK WITHIN WEEK IN JALANDHAR

Plugging work of Bholewal breach has been completed which was reported on August 19 as 170 feet wide and 45 feet deep. The minor breach was also identified in Mattewara area which was got plugged with timely efforts. Even the Mau Sahib breach has been plugged and plugging of 180 feet out of 320ft Meonwal breach has been accomplished. Besides, work on plugging about 500 feet wide breach at Jania Chahal village has been initiated by the Army. Remaining breaches would also be plugged soon, informed the Spokesman. He added that strengthening work of village Tendiwala embankment is going on war level. In Kapurthala, at Tibbi the erosion has been checked and thus the breach was controlled. Even at Ahli Kalan breach of Dhussi Bandh was prevented by undertaking immediate repair work, including placing of gunny bags.

In Ferozepur, rescue operation is on and aid is being provided to the affected people. As many as 500 people have been attended by the rescue teams. Medicines and food packets are being distributed in villages. 20 relief centres are working round the clock, 16 medical teams and mobile boat units are working in each village.

In Ludhiana, situation is under control. Vaccination of all livestock has been done in flood-affected villages. As per information provided by animal husbandry department, 13 cattle and buffalos have been lost life to floods. More than 2000 livestock has been vaccinated so far. A booster dose is being given to livestock of the most affected villages. Only 50-60 people were needed to be evacuated during heavy rains in district Ludhiana.

The relief and rescue scenario of Jalandhar is at full swing with 4 teams of NDRF, 3 teams of SDRF and 4 columns of Army and 15 boats pressed into action. So far, 36000 Food packets have been airdropped while total number of people lodged in relief camps is around 2000. Health department has arranged for 14 camps and 18 have been put up by the Animal Husbandry department. Total number of people who have been affected by the floods is approximately 32000 while number of villages where crops have been partially or totally damaged is around 100 covering an area of approximately 55000 acres.

Nearly, 18000 people stuck are in Lohian and since the water is receding so boats cannot be operated but district administration is bringing in tractors and trolleys for the stranded.

In Kapurthala, 87 villages (48 with Abadi and 39 be-chirag) were affected and 20 villages were cut-off from land, 1777 Households comprising 9578 persons are in the affected 20 villages. 4800 food-packets have been air-dropped into these villages, The 1930 ration units including 800kg milk powder has also been distributed. Each ration unit is sufficient for 3 days. 325 persons have been evacuated so far. 233 Rescue Personnel and 14 Boats are deployed to intensify the pace of rescue and relief.

Post flood measures including intensified fogging by health department is on to prevent the outbreak of diseases. Aiming to provide quality medical facilities to the people stranded in flood-hit villages at their doorsteps through the boats, permanent stay of mobile medical teams in affected villages has ordered the till the situation gets normal. The teams would help to check the spread the water-borne diseases in the flood-hit areas.


60 CATTLE HEAD LOST TO FLOODS IN JALANDHAR, SIX BROUGHT ON BOATS FROM FLOOD-RAVAGED HOUSES: The mobile teams on boats which have been pressed into operation in the flood-hit villages of Jalandhar brought the six dead cattle, on the Sunday morning, informed an official spokesman of Government of Punjab.

They were disposed in the supervision of experts from Animal Husbandry in village Nall, said he. Scientific disposal of dead cattle due to floods in various villages of the district has been started. The receding flood-water in the villages mandated the disposal owing to unbearable stench and fear of outbreak of an epidemic. The teams are moving to house to house to bring out the dead cattleIt is estimated that around 60 cattle head lost life to floods in Jalandhar. Once the water recedes further, the dead cattle will be brought out on tractor-trolleys. 

SETTING DEADLINE TO BRING BACK LIFE ON TRACK WITHIN WEEK

Setting a deadline to bring back life on track in the flood affected villages of Jalandhar, all the departments have been directed to pull up their socks for estoring normalcy in such villages, within a week, informed the official spokesman of Government of Punjab.

Since the water is receding, the district administration needs to make a concrete plan for ensuring that life was put on normal mode in the coming seven days. The Deputy Director Local Government, Mandi Board and Rural Development departments are to ensure cleanliness in all the marooned villages. The sanitation and hygiene must be ensured to check the spread of diseases in the villages. In the meanwhile, Mandi Board and Rural Development Department is also required to make the necessary arrangements for immediate repair of roads in order to make them motorable. The Animal Husbandry department may locate the dead animals and ensure their early burial, said he.

Simultaneously, more fogging machines must be pumped in to check the spread of water borne disease and the Food and Civil Supply Department is to ensure the supply of potable drinking water to affected villages for next fortnight. Proper supply of fodder and cattle feed for the animals is also to be ensured by the concerned department. Likewise, he said that the PSPCL must embark a major drive to restore power supply at the earliest.   

It is pertinent to mention that the in a major relief to the marooned people of flood-hit villages in Shahkot sub-division, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has successfully restored the power supply in 11 out of 21 villages of the district on Sunday, including Gatti Raipur, Gatti Bakhsh, Kamaalpur, Jakkapur, Kakkar Kalan, Fatehpur, Nawan Pind Khalewal, Kang Khurd, Jalalpur, Sardarwala and Kotha. The electricity will also be restored in the remaining 10 villages as the water recedes further.

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