Apart from the heavy discharge of water, weaknesses in the Dhussi Bandh were blamed for the breaches. In total, 31 villages of Phillaur, 18 of Shahkot (both in Jalandhar district), five of Kapurthala district and three in Ferozepur got affected.
According to the Canal and Drainage Department officials when water flow is up to 50,000 cusecs above normal flow then it is called ‘low flood’, while if the water flow goes up from 50,000 cusecs to 1.50 lakh cusecs in the river then it is called a ‘medium flood’ warning.
In Himachal Pradesh, nine people died in Shimla, five in Solan, two each in Kullu, Sirmaur, Solan and Chamba and one each in Una and Lahaul-Spiti districts. An official said the total loss to the state property amounted to 490 crore.
The meteorological department has predicted good rain for three days from August 16-18 in both catchment area of the dam in Himachal Pradesh and in Punjab, where the water is released in Sutlej river by the dam.
The protesters are expected to block NH-1 and disrupt daily activity in the markets. The protesters claimed they will observe the protest on the roads in a peaceful manner and will allow the movement of ambulances/ vehicles carrying the sick persons, fire brigade and hearse services only.