SUTLEJ DAMAGES CROP ON 400 ACRES
Fazilka August 13:
Paddy crop on at least 400 acres in the border village of Dilawar Bhaini across barbed wire fencing in Fazilka sector has been destroyed due to floods in the Sutlej.
Villagers say that the flood fury aggravated following reports of Pakistan having blasted a barrage on the Sutlej in its territory. 1,200-odd villagers have incurred losses due to damage to their standing crops in the floods.
Tehsildar Subhash Khattak has ordered special girdawri in the flood-hit areas. Briefing mediapersons after a visit to the village, the tehsildar said six boats had been provided to the villagers by the BSF and the administration. He said 16 villages were flood prone in Fazilka sector. Each sector in charge was keeping a strict vigil on the flood situation, he added.
The village is surrounded from three sides by Pakistan. Earlier, a pontoon bridge connected the village with main land on the Indian territory. The villagers had built a temporary bridge parallel to the pontoon bridge. While the pontoon bridge had been dismantled during the rainy season due to increased flow of water in the Sutlej, the temporary bridge has been washed away in floods.