More breaches add to Punjab, Haryana woes
The first spell of monsoon may have stopped, but it has left a trail of destruction over north India. Trains services continued to be affected on Thursday and more breaches in canals and overflowing rivers prolonged the misery of the people in Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
The Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal continues to be breached at many places in Haryana, inundating many areas including Kurukshetra, on Wednesday. The canal suffered two more breaches at Udarsi, leading to more flooding. Another canal Hansi Butana developed a crack near Kaithal in Haryana on Thursday. In Punjab, embankments of the overflowing Ghaggar breached at four places, flooding large areas in Sangrur.
Though road links to the north opened up by Wednesday night, train services continued to remain affected. A breach near the track between Mohri and Shahabad in Haryana late on Wednesday night led to a number of trains getting cancelled, including the Shatabdi Express travelling to Kalka from Delhi, the New Delhi-Amritsar Amritsar Express, Jalandhar Express traveling from New Delhi and Jammu Mail.
Railway authorities said 32 trains were cancelled and over three dozen diverted via Saharanpur from Ambala. The rains have taken a toll on human lives with 14 dead in Punjab on Thursday. So far 25 people have died in the region since Tuesday, with swirling waters of rivers washing away people.
Rains have taken a toll on crops too. Agriculture department estimates said Haryana and Punjab, the food bowl states of India, have been badly affected, with 2.5 lakh hectares of newly sowed paddy under water.