Haryana wants Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh

The Haryana government will spend Rs 350 crore on flood prevention measures in the state. This was stated by the finance, irrigation, forest and environment minister Ajay Singh Yadav in a press conference at Sirsa.

He said that out of this amount, Rs 18 crore would be spent on strengthening and increasing the capacity of Rangoi Kharif Channel.

Following rains in Himachal Pradesh, the Markanda river and other seasonal rivulets which were flowing below the danger point, are now in spate. Seven persons, including three women, were swept away by the raging waters in the recent flash floods, but were all rescued alive.

CHANDIGARH: Haryana's Irrigation Minister Ajay Singh Yadav on Monday demanded that the Punjab Government initiate action against those who caused breaches in the Ghaggar river and diverted water into the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. Punjab has claimed that the breaches in the SYL canal falling in Patiala district are being plugged.

The Army has been called to assist the civil authorities in Sirsa where two breaches have occurred on the Ghaggar at Farwai and Nejadela.

Villagers have started evacuating these villages. The situation is said to be grim. The authorities have declared over 15 villages along the Ghaggar as

Chandigarh: Fresh bouts of rain in already-inundated areas of Punjab and Haryana worsened the flood situation on Monday as 26 more breaches in the Ghaggar and smaller rivers like Sagarpada and Markanda left more areas marooned. The death toll in Punjab went up to 22 as two more bodies were recovered in Patiala.

CHANDIGARH: The flood situation in Haryana worsened on Thursday as Kaithal district authorities called in the Army to assist in rescue and relief operations after seven villages -- Tatiana, Khushal Majra, Baupur, Hemu Majra, Lalpur, Seo-Majra and Bhatian -- got flooded due to a breach on both sides of the Ghaggar river in Tatiana village.

Several districts in Haryana were on high alert as heavy rain continued and the Yamuna rose further. As the Army struggled to plug the 40-foot breach in the SYL canal at village Jogan Khera near Jyotisar in Kurukshetra district, a fresh breach erupted at Darsi village. Over 40 villages in the district are now under water, the new breach at Darsi having flooded a dozen today.

Ghaggar water level comes down in many areas
Umesh Dewan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 7

Illegal quarrying in the bed of Ghaggar river and sewage waste released from Panchkula, Zirakpur and adjoining villages have posed a threat to the flora and fauna near Chhatbir Zoo.

Besides quarrying, lack of water in the Ghaggar, too, has affected the visits of birds and animals.

A pipe discharges dirty water into the Ghaggar and people have been taking away soil from the river bed.

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