More than 300 villages, mainly in Punjab’s Ropar, Jalandhar and Ferozepur districts, were badly affected in floods by the Satluj river.
Forcing thousands of villagers to spend nights on rooftops, the deluge has damaged crops in thousands of acres.
The government has stated the current flood situation in the state as a natural calamity.
In Ropar, a city in Punjab, the district administration declared a holiday in all educational institutes till 22nd Aug.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh visited the flood-affected areas in Rupnagar and after that announced ₹100 cr for emergency relief & rehabilitation measures for flood-hit areas in the State.
Have announced ₹100 cr for emergency relief & rehabilitation measures for flood-hit areas in the State. Special Girdawari will be conducted as soon as water-level recedes to ensure due compensation to farmers. Have asked DCs to extend all necessary help to the affected families. pic.twitter.com/wOtRuM4jGD
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 19, 2019
Amarinder Singh also asked the Finance Department to immediately clear the pending relief funds to the tune of around Rs 100 crore for expeditious disbursement by the Revenue Department through the respective Deputy Commissioners.
Meanwhile, food relief teams of the Indian Army under the Western Command were carrying out rescue operations in various areas of Punjab and Haryana.
CM informed that the helicopters of the Indian Army were pressed into service to airdrop food packets in flood-hit villages of Punjab’s Jalandhar.
Capt. Amarinder Singh tweeted: “Army Aviation choppers were pressed into service today at 8 am for airdropping food packets and essentials for the people marooned in Lohian, Jalandhar.”
Army Aviation choppers were pressed into service today at 8 am for airdropping food packets and essentials for the people marooned in Lohian, Jalandhar. pic.twitter.com/EZUCYj12eE
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 21, 2019
It is said that Punjab is facing its worst flood in 40 years.
Holding a press conference, the Bakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) today explained that a lower level of water storage in the Bhakra Nangal Dam avoided a flood-like situation in many districts, including Rupnagar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Moa and Firozpur in Punjab.