Seasonal rivers in spate,parts of Ambala flooded

Heavy rains in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday night caused seasonal rivers Tangri,Roon and Begna to be in full spate,following which several houses on the banks of Tangri were flooded in Ambala Cantonment on Thursday.

Written by D N DIVAKAR | Ambala | Published:August 20, 2010 2:04 am

Heavy rains in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday night caused seasonal rivers Tangri,Roon and Begna to be in full spate,following which several houses on the banks of Tangri were flooded in Ambala Cantonment on Thursday.

A public school,two marriage palaces and Ambala-Dehradun NH remained under knee-deep water near Tangri bridge,while parts of the Ambala-Sarsehri road remained flooded.

The District Town and Planning Officer had served notices to about 1,500 houseowners to clear unauthorised constructions. The Drainage department had also served notices to such people pointing out that the drainage system of the riverwater had been disturbed. The houses on the river bed were under eight-ten feet deep water and families were seen stranded on rooftops.

Panic prevailed in the town following rumours that a few localities of Maheshnagar area had been flooded after a breach in Tangri. There was a weak point in the bandh on right side of the river bank and water started gushing out near Ajitnagar,but timely plugging prevented the breaching. Several schools were closed after news spread that students of DAV Public School Riverside were rescued from the floods.

The Roon was also in spate and a bridge on Naraingarh-Kalamab was closed for heavy traffic for over two hours in the morning. Paddy fields were submerged under floodwater from Begna at village Baragarh,Chhotagarh and other villages on Ambala-Naraingarh road. A part of the newly constructed Toka bridge near Mianpur village was damaged and a portion of the road connecting the bridge was washed away in the strong stream of water. The workers of the PWD started repair of the damaged bridge.

Naraingarh SDM O P Sharma visited both the sites. He said paddy crop was submerged under floodwater at village Tandwal,Banondi and other villages,but would not harm the crops,as water would start receding by night. Sharma ordered that no officer should leave the headquarters without permission,even as the staff of the PWD department was put on a day-night vigil to keep a watch on the flood situation.

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