Following rains in Himachal Pradesh,the Markanda river and other seasonal rivulets which were flowing below the danger point,are now in spate. Seven persons,including three women,were swept away by the raging waters in the recent flash floods,but were all rescued alive. Crops in the catchment areas on either side of the river were inundated,poplar trees were uprooted and washed away in the gushing waters.
When in spate,the rivers and rivulets in the area,including Markanda,Tangri,Ghaggar,Roon and Begna,bring misery to the villages. However,during the floods which lead to the overflowing and breaching of the SYL canal in the district,these rivers flowed below the danger mark and didnt cause much damage,except when Tangri was breached from three places in flood-prone area of Naggal.
About a dozen villages have been affected with Saturdays flooding. Ganauli,Deharm Ambli and Nanhera villages were inundated by the Markanda river while Banondi,Tandwal,Baragarh,Chhotagarh,Kharki Manakpur,Manglore and other nearby village were flooded by Roon and Begna Nadies. Three women working at the screening plants were washed away in Roon Nadi,but all were rescued.
Similarly,four persons were swept in the sharp current of river Markanda at some distance from Kalamb from where it enters Haryana. However,all these persons were rescued by professional divers,according to reports. Ghaggar river which flows near Ambala on the Punjab border is also flowing above the danger mark.
Paddy crop which was replanted by farmers has been submerged as most of the crops were under water. In Dehar village on the Naraingarh-Sadhaura road,poplar trees were uprooted and washed away in the water incurring losses to farmers.
Naraingarh SDM O P Sharma accompanied by the Tehsildar,Block Development Officer and other officials visited the affected villages and assured full help to the administration.
He,however,hoped that flood water would recede after the rains subside. He assured the villagers that they would be duly compensated for the losses suffered.