Flood alert sounded in Haryana, CM reviews situation

July 29, 2018 07:56 PM

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: In view of the rising level of Yamuna river due to heavy rains in the catchment areas, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, has directed the officers to stay alert to deal with any untoward situation in the districts through which the river flows.  

The Chief Minister issued these directions while presiding over an emergency meeting held here today to review the status of water level in Yamuna. He sought information on the water level from the Deputy Commissioners of Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat and Palwal and other officers through video-conferencing, and reviewed the arrangements made by them.

The officers informed the Chief Minister that 6,05,949 cusecs of water was flowing from the Hathnikund Barrage till 6 p.m. yesterday. Earlier in 2010, 8.05 lakh cusecs of water was passing through this barrage, and in 2013, 7.5 lakh cusecs was passed.

The 6,05,949 cusecs of water flowing from the barrage is passing through Karnal and would reach Delhi by tomorrow. It is gathered that water is flowing at a speed of four kilometers per hour. Canals in Haryana are closed when the water level crosses 70,000 cusecs at Hathnikund Barrage, and the water is passing through 18 doors.

The Karnal Deputy Commissioner informed the Chief Minister that about six lakh cusecs of water was passing from Hathnikund Barrage last evening, and its effect could be seen later during the day. The officers said the water level was gradually decreasing.  

The Yamuna waters have entered some villages, but it has not affected the people. An SDO and three JEs have been deputed at every 20 kilometers in Karnal, and JCB machines, pokeland machines, and 20,000 sand bags have been kept ready to deal with any untoward situation. Arrangements have also been made for evacuating people to safer places as the situation demands, the officers added.

The officers of Yamunanagar district administration informed the Chief Minister that 1.18 lakh cusecs of water was flowing in Yamuna river.  Medical teams have been arranged and officers of the Animal Husbandry Department have been alerted to deal with the flood-like situation.

The officers of Panipat District said Yamuna river passed through 14 villages of the district. Two JCBs and 20,000 bags have been kept ready to deal with any emergency situation. Also, Army has visited and checked the areas adjoining Yamuna river.

Sonipat District Administration informed Mr. Manohar Lal that the water of Yamuna was flowing one kilometer away from village Asadpur where officers of the Irrigation Department have been deputed. An SDM level officer has been made in-charge to keep a check on the situation. Also, arrangements of sand bags, JCB machines and other machinery have been made.

The Chief Minister was told by Palwal district administration that the Yamuna flows for about 48 kilometers in the district. All arrangements, including food items and medical teams, have been made.

 Manohar Lal directed the officers that administration in the vulnerable districts should remain ready to deal with diseases which may break out after the water level of Yamuna receded. The officers should ensure that fogging is done in the affected areas from time to time, he added.

Others present at the meeting included the Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora, Principal Secretary, Irrigation and Water Resources Department, Mr. Anurag Rastogi, Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Mandeep Singh Brar, Secretary, General Administration and Revenue and Disaster Management-I Departments, Mr. Vijayendra Kumar, Director General, Information, Public Relations and languages Department Mr. Sameer Pal Srow and other senior officers.

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