A flood alert has been sounded in nine districts of Punjab following the announcement of water release during the next two days from the Pong Dam situated on Beas river in Himachal Pradesh.The Punjab Department of Revenue, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management has asked the Deputy Commissioners of Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Moga, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Faridkot and Ferozepur districts to remain prepared to deal with an untoward situation which might arise due to additional discharge of water in Beas and subsequently, Sutlej rivers. A letter issued by the department on September 3 stated that the Bhakra Beas Management Board has decided to release 14,000 cusecs of water in the spillway, in addition to 12,000 cusecs already being released over the next two days, owing to heavy rain in the catchment areas of Pong Dam.Last month, Punjab witnessed floods following heavy rain. The State government had assessed the damage caused due to rainfall and floods across the State at ₹2,000 crore. Crop damageAccording to the government’s report, crops covering more than 1.72 lakh acres of land were affected.The State government had declared a natural calamity and had sought ₹1,000 crore from the Centre as aid.
Flood alert sounded in nine Punjab districts