Patiala, July 31
A flood-like situation looms over villages and colonies adjoining rainwater drains in Patiala due to incessant rain in the upper stretches. The administration today put the government departments on alert and told them to make arrangements for food, rescue and medical supplies among other things to meet any emergency in the wake of heavy rain.
The flood alert has brought back the flashback of the overflowing waters of Badi Nadi, which affected the Gopal colony in 2019 after which the residents had to be evacuated to a safe place. The Badi Nadi is a seasonal drain that emerges from the catchment area of Fatehgarh Sahib. It receives collected rainwater from Mohali, Rajpura and the Sanour areas of Patiala as well before falling into the Ghaggar. The water level of the Badi Nadi has increased, while that of Chhoti Nadi, which primarily affects Patiala city, is at 7.30 feet and its danger mark at 12 feet.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Gautam Jain said the district administration had put various government departments on alert. “There has been high rainfall in the upper stretches of the Ghaggar. The administration is keeping vigil. Arrangements are being made to tackle any scenario in case any area in Patiala is affected.”
“Till now, the situation is under control. People have also been told to keep proper vigil and hold ‘thikri pehras’. They should alert the administration if they witness rise in the water level. Also, farmers should not obstruct the sheet flow of rainwater,” the ADc added.
As per the Patiala drainage division, the water level of the Ghaggar near Bhankharpur village was at 1-ft, while the danger mark at 10 feet. Officials said they were keeping tabs on the Ghaggar.
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