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FLASH FLOODS: PUNJAB GOVT.IN ACTION MODE: FIVE MINISTERES SUPERVISING RELIEF OPERATIONS, CAPTAIN SEEKS PUNJAB’S INCLUSION IN FLOOD-HIT STATES

August 24, 2019 09:00 PM

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Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has demanded immediate inclusion of Punjab among the states identified for on-the-spot assessment of the flood situation by an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT).The Centre has listed 11 states that for IMCT review of the flood damage but Punjab does not find mention in it, even though the state has witnessed large-scale flooding in many areas following unprecedented rains.

Captain Amarinder pointed out that he had already written to the Prime Minister to seek a special flood relief package of Rs 1000 crore to address the losses resulting from floods in Punjab. It is estimated, as per initial calculations, that the state has suffered damage worth Rs 1700 crore due to the floods.The Chief Minister, who has been extensively touring the affected areas to make an on-ground assessment of the losses caused to standing crops, houses, public installations and livestock, had also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to instruct the concerned authorities to waive off crop loans of banks/ financial institutions availed by the affected farmers in the flood stricken villages during the current cropping season.

 
 
Meanwhile fived miisrters Bajwa, Sidhu, Sarkaria, Kangar, Ashu and Speaker  Rana KP at Ground Zero to supervise the rescue operartions.

In the meantime  Chief Minister expressed surprise over Punjab’s non-inclusion, and has urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to immediately rectify the situation.

“Surprised on the exclusion of Punjab from the list of States to be visited by the Inter-Ministerial Central Team to assess losses in flood-affected areas in different States. Request HM @AmitShah ji to direct the Central Team to visit Punjab to assess the huge losses,” Captain Amarinder tweeted.

The IMCT was constituted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in pursuance of a decision taken at a high level committee meeting on August 19. The committee had decided to break away from the past practice of waiting for the affected state to submit a memorandum seeking central assessment.

The IMCT has been mandated to visit the flood affected states of Meghalya, Assam, Tripura, Bihar, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Gujrat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala, for making final recommendations to the Central Government for allocation of flood assistance to the flood ravaged states.

Captain Amarinder pointed out that he had already written to the Prime Minister to seek a special flood relief package of Rs 1000 crore to address the losses resulting from floods in Punjab. It is estimated, as per initial calculations, that the state has suffered damage worth Rs 1700 crore due to the floods.

The Chief Minister, who has been extensively touring the affected areas to make an on-ground assessment of the losses caused to standing crops, houses, public installations and livestock, had also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to instruct the concerned authorities to waive off crop loans of banks/ financial institutions availed by the affected farmers in the flood stricken villages during the current cropping season.

On Saturday, Captain Amarinder also tweeted an appeal for all to join the State Government in assisting flood-affected people in Punjab. All contribution can be made to:

Account no: 001934001000589 .Bank: Punjab State Cooperative Bank.IFSC: UTIB0PSCB01

It may be recalled that flooding in river Sutlej due to the discharge of water from Bhakra Dam, the heaviest since 1988, had caused extensive damage to the standing crops and inundation of residential areas in the villages.
Punjab Ministers Oversee Relief and Rescue Operations 

In wake of massive flood fury in various districts of Doaba and Malwa, the Punjab Ministers as well as the Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha visited the affected areas informed an official spokesman of Government of Punjab. Rural Development and Panchyats Minister, Tripat Rajinder SinghBajwa, Health Minister, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Water Resources Minister, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Revenue Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu as well as Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rana K.P. Singh spent the entire day overseeing the relief and rescue operations.

Tripat Rajinder SinghBajwa reviewed the work at village Jania under Lohian sub division along with Chairman Powercom, Baldev Singh Sran and assessed the process of evacuation of the stranded.

Health Minister visited Medical Camps at various places in Kapurthala and Jalandhar including worst affected Lohian area. He directed proper medical supplies in camps and ensure deployment of ambulances. It is pertinent to mention that 235 Rapid Response Teams and 416 Mobile Teams have been deputed state wide .

Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria visited village Meowal where the district administration has been carrying out massive plugging operations on 350-ft widened breach and expressed satisfaction over the plugging operation.

Gurpreet Singh Kangar also visited the Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts and assessed the steps being taken for relief and rescue. Comprehending the gravity of the situation in flood hit areas of Jalandhar, the Minister has decided to camp in the district for the time being.

Bharat Bhushan Ashu appraised the distribution of ration and drinking water to the incumbents of flood ravaged areas as well as provision of silage, fodder and vaccination for the cattle .The Roopnagar area was visited by Rana K.P.Singh who directed the authorities to leave no stone unturned to bail out the people in the hour crisis.

FIVE AMBULANCED, 20 MEDICAL TEAMS AND 16 BOATS PREWSSED INTO OPERATION IN KAPURTHALA  

Meeting the challenge posed by the flood fury in Kapurthala, five ambulances, 20 medical teams and 16 boats have been pressed into operation while 1600 packets of ration along with 20 litre cans of water each have been distributed to the affected, in two days, informed an official spokesman of Government of Punjab.

Giving details it has been informed that five ambulances have been stationed in flood affected areas and four other ambulances will arrive in a day.In addition, 1100 Ration packets with 20 litre water can (sufficient for 3 days) were supplied by the 20 village-wise teams on Friday, while 500 ration packets have been supplied on Saturday , covering almost the entire flood affected population. The district administration Kapurthala has set up 20 teams comprising the officials from food supply, health, animal husbandry and revenue along with sarpanchs, have been stationed in each of the 20 worst flood- affected villages of the district. These teams are covering house to house on boats and providing every kind of help to the stranded people in these villages. Over 680 patients and 249 cattle were checked or treated by teams.

Directions have been given to the district administration to provide financial assistance of Rs 5000 each to five people who got injured after arguments erupted in Sherpur village over PDS distribution.
An appeal has been made by the local administration to the donors to provide dry ration at Dana Mandi, Sultanpur Lodhi, which has been established as collection and dispatch centre. SDM Kapurthala has been appointed as District Flood Relief officer while District Food, Civil and Supply Controller have been deputed as Assistant District Flood Relief Officer.

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