FLOOD THREAT LOOMS LARGE IN PUNJAB TOWNS
Chandigarh September 21:
It has been raining heavily in many parts of Punjab during the past three days, again causing flood-like situation in many areas while in neighbouring Haryana, too, it has been pouring.
The rains in Punjab this year have broken the records of last ten years as the state has been lashed by 557 mm of rains between June 1-September 17 as against a normal of 462 mm during the monsoon season, the Meteorological Department said in Chandigarh on Saturday. In 1999, the state received 456 mm of rains during monsoon while in 2001, Punjab received 516 mm, they said.
As monsoon was vigorous over the region, incessant rains lashed Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh this week, particularly in catchment areas of the Shivalik hills, sounding alarm bells for residents of Moonak sub-division in Sangrur, particularly for 27 flood-prone villages of Ghaggar rivulet.
The water level rose to 749 feet till Saturday as against danger mark of 751 feet in the rivulet flowing near Khanauri. Sangrur's Additional Deputy Commissioner Indu Malhotra rushed to Khanauri and held a meeting with Sub Divisional Magistrates and Deputy Superintendents of Police of Moonak and Lehra.
Reports reaching in the state capital said that the water level in Pachidara bundh, near Rajpura town has been flowing close to the danger mark. Water has been flowing on Kharar-Banur road resulting in traffic diversions. Patiala was lashed by heavy rains at 173.6 mm, Ludhiana 88 mm and Nangal Dam area received 61.8 mm.
Chandigarh has also been receiving heavy rains since Thursday. Since Friday it was lashed by 178 mm. Last month, many areas of Punjab including those falling in Jalandhar and Ferozepur districts were under floods.