Karnal, May 17
Residents of Ranwar village here woke up to a flood-like situation following a breach in canal around 3.30 am today. Around 12,000 persons were affected with the village being left under three feet of water.
“I woke up to knee-deep water in my house,” said Ramesh Kumar, a resident. It took Irrigation Department officials 10 hours to plug the 30-foot breach. Gharaunda MLA Harvinder Kalyan and DC Nishant Kumar Yadav took stock of the situation.
Kalyan assured residents of steps to strengthen canal’s banks. “Efforts are on to pump out water. All assistance, including food, water and medical help, is being provided to villagers,” he said. Yadav said a tender to strengthen canal lining had been floated. “We expect work to start by October,” he said. — TNS
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