More than 20 villages of Yamunanagar district in Haryana,already affected by the recent flood,faced a fresh flood threat on Thursday with the release of 2.08 lakh cusecs water from the Hathnikund Barrage.
To make matters worse,the Yamuna is already overflowing due to heavy rainfall in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh.
According to officials of the district administrations,people in these villages on the Yamuna bank have been cautioned and asked to be ready to shift at safer places within a short notice period if need be. With release of water,low-lying areas of Pundri,Karnal,Panipat and Sonepat were affected. The water also reached the fields of five villages near Radhaur Lal,Chapa,Phobas,Majra and Bans.
During the recent flood,60-odd villages were submerged,leading to damage to crops spread over 2000 acre of land. Villagers said the fresh flood would ruin the farmers as they had re-transplanted paddy after purchasing them from other districts at higher prices.
Yamunanagar Deputy Commissioner Ashok Sangwan said the district administration was prepared to meet any eventuality arising out of the fresh flood. Officials have already reached the affected villages and were monitoring the water level. He urged the people not to panic but ready to shift at safer places in case the water level rises.