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Jawans working round the clock to plug breach in SYL canal

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Jawans working round the clock to plug breach in SYL canal

Kurukshetra, July 7

Heavy rainfall in the area during the past two days has caused about 50-ft breach in the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal near Jyotisar, 5 km from here, flooding several acres of land under cultivation and residential colonies, including the nearby Didar Nagar and Shanti Nagar.

The DC, Pankaj Aggarwal, camping on the Kurukshetra-Pehowa road near Jyotisar, said 150 jawans of the National Disaster Management Authority of India (NDMAI) were engaged in plugging the breach and evacuating victims from Didar Nagar and Shanti Nagar under 5-ft water.

Ten motorboats and 20 divers were helping the victims shift to dharamshalas and the two government schools turned into relief camps.

Schools in the district had been closed for the next two days.

At least 5,000 food packets had been distributed among the victims. Water tanks of the municipality were supplying water to the victims. Various voluntary organisations were also helping the administration in the relief work.

The administration has established three control rooms The telephone numbers are 01744-221035 (District Revenue Office), 01744-220270 (DC’s Office) and 01744-220271 (DC’s camp office).

“The flood waters are being drained out from populated areas on a war footing. We are always with the people during such trying times,” said Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda after visiting areas affected by the SYL canal breach. Hooda visited Didar Nagar and Shanti Nagar.

He directed senior officers to work round the clock to plug the breach.

Vidhan Sabha Speaker Harmohinder Singh Chatha, Kurukshetra MP Naveen Jindal, Shahabad MLA Anil Dhantori and Principal Secretary to CM Chhattar Singh were among those who accompanied the Chief Minister.

Yamunanagar: The rising water level in the Yamuna has created tension among inhabitants of 50 low-lying villages.

The water level of the Yamuna was recorded at 59, 315 cusecs at the Hathnikund barrage this morning. Any further rise in the water level may cause damage to villages in the district, Karnal, Panipat and Sonepat.

The administration today set up control rooms in Chhachhrauli, Bilaspur, Sadhaura and Jagadhri to monitor the Yamuna and rivulet Som.

The Hathnikund barrage has 18 floodgates. — TNS

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