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Punjab seeks Rs 100 crore interim flood relief
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
The Punjab Government has urged the Centre to provide at least Rs 100 crore as interim relief to undertake flood relief measures in Patiala and Sangrur districts that have been badly affected by floods in the Ghaggar and Tangri recently.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha today during zero hour, Ms Preneet Kaur, Congress MP from Patiala, called upon the government to provide Rs 100 crore assistance to undertake flood-relief measures in these two districts.

She said, “About 20 per cent of the population in Patiala and Sangrur districts, in 352 villages, has been severely affected due to the unprecedented floods in the Ghaggar-Markanda and Tangri rivers on August 2 and 3. The rivers had a flow of water never seen over the past eight years.”

She claimed that eight persons had lost their lives and two persons were still missing in the flood-affected region. The floods had caused tremendous loss to crops, houses, water-supply systems, hospitals and other public property.

“Crops over 30,000 acres in 352 villages have been affected, besides loss of about 1,000 heads of cattle. The floods have also caused 133 breaches in the rivers since the water flow had reached 2.55 lakh cusecs in the Ghaggar,” she said.

Since a comprehensive report was being prepared by an expert committee to estimate the losses, the Central government should provide at least Rs 100 crore as interim relief.

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