52 Haryana villagers stranded as Yamuna overflows

Air Force helicopters,Army on standby,National Disaster Management Authority alerted

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:June 17, 2013 3:01 am

Fifty-two people,including 15 children,were stranded on a tract of land in river Yamuna as an overflow of water in the Hatni Kund barrage following Saturday night’s heavy rainfall triggered floods,a top state government official said.

The residents of Lapra village in Haryana’s Yamunanagar district were left stranded in the morning after the water level rose alarmingly.

The state government has requisitioned the services of the Indian Air Force to rescue the trapped villagers,Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management) Krishna Mohan said.

“So far there has been no loss of life and property. A company of National Disaster Management Authority comprising 50 personnel is on way to Lapra from Ghaziabad. Helicopters at Air Force stations at Bathinda in Punjab and Sarsawa in Uttar Pradesh will take off once the weather department gives permission. The Army unit in Ambala has also been put on a standby,” Mohan said.

The villagers,who cultivate musk melons and water melons on that piece of land,had went there in the morning to harvest the produce but got trapped as the water level rose menacingly with 4.7 lakh cusecs of water passing the barrage. The river was flooded following torrential rains in catchment areas,the Additional Chief Secretary said.

Mohan said the massive flow of water was not allowing the district administration officials to use boats for the rescue operation.

“At least 3.4 lakh cusecs of water has crossed Hathni Kund Barrage. The district administrations of Karnal,Panipat and Sonepat have been alerted,” Mohan added.

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