Punjab's Ferozepur faces flood threat after Pakistan releases water into Indian territory; embankment in Sutlej river's catchment area washed away

Few days back, as many as 17 villages of Ferozepur district were flooded after Pakistan opened headwords gates in its area on Sutlej river

Press Trust of India August 25, 2019 17:02:18 IST
Punjab's Ferozepur faces flood threat after Pakistan releases water into Indian territory; embankment in Sutlej river's catchment area washed away
  • Few villages in Punjab's border district Ferozepur are facing flood threat after major portion of embankment in catchment area of Sutlej was washed away

  • The Punjab government spokesperson said people need not panic as the administration is geared up for the task with relief work at vulnerable points

  • Few days back, as many as 17 villages of Ferozepur district were flooded after Pakistan opened headwords gates in its area on Sutlej river

Chandigarh: A few villages in Punjab's border district Ferozepur are facing a flood threat after a major portion of an embankment in the catchment area of the Sutlej river was washed away following Pakistan's release of water into the Indian territory.

Punjabs Ferozepur faces flood threat after Pakistan releases water into Indian territory embankment in Sutlej rivers catchment area washed away

Representational image. PTI

Officials on Sunday said the Ferozepur district administration is on high alert, while precautionary deployment of the NDRF and the Army teams has been made in view of the flood threat which looms large in some villages.

"Pakistan has released water in huge quantity which caused damage to the embankment in Tendiwala village, and there is danger of floods in some villages," a spokesperson of the Punjab government said. "Being on guard, the district administration has announced evacuation in most sensitive villages along the Sutlej river as a precautionary step besides deploying various teams of the health department, food and civil supplies department and others," he said

The spokesperson said people need not panic as the administration is geared up for the task with relief work at vulnerable points being undertaken at a fast pace. Irrigation and drainage departments are already engaged to repair the damaged embankment in Tendiwala village, he said. Sand filled gunny bags have been stacked in huge quantity and work is on to strengthen the embankment, he added.

"In the wake of the damage to the embankment due to heavy discharge of water from the Pakistan side, the strengthening work of Tendiwala embankment is being undertaken on war footing," the spokesperson said. Ferozepur Deputy Commissioner Chander Gaind and district police chief Vivek Sheel Soni took stock of the situation, he said.

A few days back, as many as 17 villages of Ferozepur district were flooded after Pakistan opened headwords gates in its area on the Sutlej river. Several villages of Ferozepur remain already inundated because of the recent rains and breaches in embankments of the river.

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