Punjab Floods: Situation Remains Grim, Cheetah Helicopters Carry 36,000 Parathas and 18,000 Litres of Water to Affected Villages in Jalandhar

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Chandigarh, August 21: Flood situation in parts of Punjab continued to remain grim as heavy rainfall continued to lash the region since the past few days. Several areas limped back to normalcy as water began to recede in many places. As many as 60 people were rescued from Sultanpur Lodhi and Zira on Tuesday after torrential rains triggered floods and increased water levels in rivers.  In a bid to help people in affected areas, three Cheetah helicopters took 36000 parathas and 18000 litres of water to 18 flood affected villages of Shahkot, in Jalandhar district. Water logging have also been reported in parts of Ludhiana due to a heavy downpour. Rains Hammer North India: Death Toll Mounts to 43 as Floods Ravage Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand; Delhi on Alert.

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In Punjab, over 250 villages spread across eight districts -- Ropar, Nawanshahr, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Tarn Taran, Moga and Ferozepur, have been affected. Teams of the Army and the NDRF continued to carry out rescue operations in flood-affected areas. In Jalandhar, around 20 villages in Lohian Khas have been flooded after a dam was damaged due to overflow of water. Locals say, "administration is yet to provide us any help. People are facing problems due to flood. We request govt to put up some tents for the public."

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The heavy rainfall over past few days has caused extensive damage including crops and property. The Punjab government has estimated Rs 1,700 crore worth of damage caused by deluge in the state. Many villages in Ludhiana, Rupnagar and Jalandhar remained inundated because of breaches in earthen dams of the Sutlej river in Punjab.

On Monday, the Punjab government had declared the flood situation in the affected villages of the state as a 'natural calamity'. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced Rs 100 crore for emergency relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-hit regions of the state. Singh added saying that a special 'girdawari' would be conducted as the water level recedes to ensure adequate compensation for the affected farmers.