In a replay of events of 2011, over 60 villages of Balluana and Abohar have been affected due to diversion of flood waters from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s constituency of Lambi. Farmers of both sub-divisions have complained to the district administration that their losses have mounted after water, drained from Lambi villages, flooded their villages.
Heavy rainfall last week and at the start of this week has caused flooding in Lambi, Balluna and Abohar. A total of 19 villages of Lambi were affected on September 5 and 55 pumps have been installed to pump out the water. The pumped out water has, however, flooded 60 villages of Balluana and Abohar. The farmers are up in arms over this and over 200 villagers of Guhla in Abohar were booked on Tuesday.
Though the villages of Balluana were water-logged, the damage increased when they were flooded by water from the Lambi side.
SDM (Fazilka) Subash Chander Khatak confirmed that around 38 villages of Balluana have been affected due to water is coming from sem nallahs from Lambi. While Abohar sub-division also confirmed that nine villages of Balluana touching Abohar have been affected and again water from Lambi was cited as an important reason. Around 12 villages of Abohar have also been affected apart from the town area which is still water logged and the tehsil complex is still under water.
Two sem nallahs come from Lambi towards Balluana and Abohar which confluence in the Sutlej but breaches in both nallahs have forced water into the villages. The SDM stated that water was receding. Congress leader Sunil Jakhar, however, stressed that the canal department needs to find a solution and not continue flooding other areas at the cost of saving the CM’s constituency.