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Heavy Rains Leads To Rising in Flood Threats in Punjab

Punjab Flood: Heavy rains in Punjab on Sunday have led to flood-like situation in some parts. A high alert has been sounded in the state. At least 11 people were rescued in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district when they were stuck in the overflowing Beas on Sunday. Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar, Varinder Kumar Sharma has ordered stationing SDRF and NDRF companies at vulnerable points in Nakodar, Shahkot and Phillaur after 2.4 lakh cusecs of water were released from Ropar headwork. NDRF (National Disaster Response Force)’s 50 expert swimmers and divers have been stationed at Shahkot. And, SDRF’s (State Disaster Response Force) 42 expert swimmers and divers have been stationed at Nakodar Sub Division. Sharma said that army authorities have been requested to station their columns. In every Sub Division, rescue centres have been set up where necessary provisions of food and shelter have been prepared. For assistance to the evacuees, medical teams have been deployed at all centres. A senior official at the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) said, “The water inflow peaked at 3.11 lakh cusecs on Sunday morning, the highest since 1988.” However, the water level came down to 1.15 lakh cusecs by evening. “Since rain in the catchment area subsided, there will not be any further increase in the volume being discharged,” the official added.

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