Covering Punjab floods

Punjab floods
Punjab Floods 2019. Credit: flipboard.com

Punjab is submerged under flood water. The land of five rivers is crying for help as crops over 4,000 hectares of land are destroyed, cattle are dead, and villages are in dier need for funds.

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.

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. 

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.

Post-flood measures and plans

Also, the Punjab State Seeds Corporation will supply 25000 quintal high quality wheat seeds for free to the affected farmers.

 

 

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