Friday, August 26, 2011

Schools shut down in flood-affected Fazilka

Praful Chander Nagpal,
Fazilka, August 25,
Deputy Commissioner Dr Basant Garg has ordered closure of all the five primary schools situated across the Kawanwali Pattan concrete bridge due to the grim flood situation there. The flood water has entered residential areas in several places.  "Protecting habitat areas in flood-hit villages is our priority as of now…. The residents of these villages have been told to shift to relief camps or other safer places," Garg said after a visit to these villages.  With continuous release of water from dams and Hussainiwala head works coupled with low absorption rate, the partition line between India and Pakistan has vanished at some places. The border observation post of the BSF at GG-1 village has been surrounded by water from all sides.  GL Meena, the Commandant of 51 Battalion, said the officials were maintaining a tight vigil despite the odd circumstances. He said they had several motorboats ready to meet any kind of eventuality, if ever.  Meanwhile, the residents of several villages here have shifted their belongings to the first floor of their concrete houses.  Also, the sarpanches of flood-hit Ghurka, Guddar Bhaini, Walleshah and Mohna Ram villages have demanded compensation worth Rs 20,000 per acre as their standing crops had been destroyed. 

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