This flood is considered to be the worst in 40 years. The damage to the crops, and public-private infrastructure is Rs. 1,700 crores, estimated by the Punjab government.
Reasons for Punjab floods
Heavy rains in the state created havoc after mid-August and adding to the misery of flood hit Punjab, water was released from Bhakra dam. Many breaches were created in Sutlej following the release of 2.4 lakh cusec water from Bakhra dam. However, they were plugged soon.
The overflow of Satluj river affected more than 300 villages in Ropar, Jalandhar ,and Ferozepur districts of Punjab.
Heavy rains caused Beas river to overflow and wrecked many districts in the state. The rescue teams were set to offer relief to the villagers stuck in flood hit area.
Punjab flood effects
The floodwater in the Phool Kalan village in eastern Punjab rose up to 5 to 6 feet. It entered every household in the village. The gurudwaras are meting out help to the affected people in every possible way. But no help is available from the state government here.
The houses are destroyed and social life is haywire. Weddings have been postponed in the village as the arrangements stand ruined.
— CNBC-TV18 News (@CNBCTV18News) August 20, 2019
Help for the affected
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has requested the Prime Minister to release an immediate package of Rs 1000 crore and to waive off farmer loans.
Have requested PM @narendramodi ji to release an immediate package of Rs. 1000 crore as well as to issue necessary instructions to waive off crop loans availed by affected farmers by way of relief for the losses suffered by the State due to the recent floods. pic.twitter.com/ANTm6Jx3Rr
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 21, 2019
According to the Deputy Commissioner of Rupnagar district Sumit Jarangal, the first priority before the district administration was to save the affected people. “The help from religious organisations is praiseworthy. There is no scarcity of food and clothing,” says Jarangal.
Khalsa Aid has provided a lot of help as well.
The relief effort continues in the floods affected areas !
We have over 200 volunteers active on the ground.
— Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) August 25, 2019
Post-flood measures and plans
Post-flood action plan with exhaustive guidelines was issued to impacted districts. Focus to be on economic & physical well being of citizens. Health Department to ensure mass awareness on diseases prevalent post floods. Water, electricity & sanitation to be restored on priority.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 26, 2019
Also, the Punjab State Seeds Corporation will supply 25000 quintal high quality wheat seeds for free to the affected farmers.
Punjab State Seeds Corporation to supply 25,000 quintal high-quality wheat seeds free of cost to the farmers affected by floods. The total procurement will cost the government around Rs. 7.5 Crore. This is one of many steps towards restoring normalcy at the earliest. pic.twitter.com/hNG57KNXdl
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 28, 2019