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209 villages evacuated in 3 districts of Punjab

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209 villages evacuated in 3 districts of Punjab

Flooded Bhakra Dam and rivers, including Sutlej and Swan River have wreaked havoc in Punjab. More than 209 villages, including a dozen in Anandpur Sahib, 85 in Jalandhar, 52 in Ferozepur and 60 in Nawanshahr were evacuated as a precautionary measure. The Sutlej River is flowing near the danger mark after floodwater was released from Bhakra Dam.

Additional 2,23,000 cusecs of water was released from Ropar Head Works along with 25,000 cusecs of water coming from Sirsa River which has inundated dozens of villages in Anandpur Sahib area. Human settlements in the low-lying areas were inundated after floodwater was released from the Ropar Head Works. Residents in the low-lying areas were moved to safer places after the dam water flooded Sutlej River.

Heavy rains remained unabated in Punjab on Sunday causing floods in some parts, while authorities sounded high alert in the two states. Following heavy rains in Aol village of Punjab, three members of a family were killed when the roof of their house collapsed. Eleven people, including four women, were rescued after they got stuck when the overflowing water of Beas river flooded their village in Punjab's Gurdaspur district.

Jalandhar deputy commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said that 885 floodhit villages were evacuated and the residents were asked to move to safer localities.

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