Locals prefer flooded villages to safety of relief camps

Fields inundated,water reaches houses in Fazilka and Ferozepur

Written by AmritaChaudhry RaakhiJagga | Ferozepur | Updated: April 8, 2014 5:34 pm

Though over one lakh acres are under water following heavy rains lashing Punjab in the last few days,villagers in Fazilka and Ferozepur are yet to leave their houses for relief camps. While the fields are already inundated,water has nearly reached the boundary of their houses. The result being that relief camps in Fazilka and Ferozepur are lying vacant.

When contacted,ADC Charandev Singh Mann said,“While from Harike headworks,1.17 lakh cusecs of water has been released to the rivers,1 lakh cusecs have come from Hussainiwala. More water is expected to arrive but the villagers are not vacating their houses because majority of them are used to such kind of situations.”

In Fazilka,13 villages and over 20,000 acres of

land have been affected by floods. The villages included Maujam,Dona Nanka,Ghurka and Haskalan. Mohar Jamsher,a only land-locked village,has been completely cut off. Nine schools in the border areas have also been shut.

In Ferozepur as well,over 30,000 acres of farm area has been submerged,affecting around 20 villages. The affected villages included Nihale Rawela,Muthianwala and Jhuge Nihangwali. Special girdwarais have been ordered in both districts to give compensation to farmers. “Today,National Disaster Relief Force teams have reached to rescue people,” Ferozepur DC Manjit Narang said.

In Muktsar,Special Principal Secretary K J S Cheema,while visiting flood-affected areas,formed a six-member team to take stock of the situation. About 1,500 acres in six villages have been affected in Muktsar. In Abohar too, fields have been submerged.

Meanwhile,though the irrigation department

has spent Rs 50 crore to strengthen the Dhussi bundh,if incessant rain continues,seepage may start from the bundh.

When contacted,Irrigation Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon said,“In Punjab,over a lakh acres are under

water. We have so far saved Dhussi bundh,but seepage may occur if rain continues. However,our machinery is fully ready… While government drains have been cleaned,private owned nullahs and encroachments are posing a problem.”

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