Sunday, January 17, 2021

Punjab CM claims most flood hit villages moving fast towards normalcy

Reading Time: 2 minutesMost of the flood-affected villages in Punjab are fast approaching near normalcy, with all the concerned departments working 24×7 under the Chief Minister’s personal guidance on a comprehensive multi-pronged strategy, a Punjab government spokesperson said. With Chief Minister Amarinder Singh himself monitoring the operations on a day-to-day basis, power connections have now been completely restored with work in progress in full swing to repair the ravaged roads amid continuous on-ground operations to assess the damage and check the outbreak of disease in all the flood-hit areas.
A 25,000-strong multi-department workforce is working round the clock to meet the stringent deadlines set by the Chief Minister to complete the relief, rehabilitation and restoration tasks, said the spokesperson.

Punjab. Indian Link2 (1)
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh (Photo: Livemint)

While most of the breaches along the flooded rivers have been plugged, medical teams are out to provide preventive care in every village.
Thousands of personnel are working to undertake water sampling, outdoor and indoor spray, water chlorination, fever survey, card tests for timely detection of malaria and dengue, distribution of sanitary napkins and mosquito nets.
Preliminary damage to life and property has also been assessed.
Free seed distribution to the affected farmers has started and compensation distribution under various heads is also on, according to the spokesperson.
The water supply and sanitation department has pressed in water tankers for providing clean and potable drinking water in the villages until water supply is fully restored. Water testing teams are testing the quality of water in all the villages to avoid the outbreak of any disease.
Besides water, dry ration kits, sugar, rice, wheat flour, ghee and milk powder are being provided to the people in the marooned villages.
Seven helicopters of the Indian Army and two MI-17 choppers of the Indian Air Force were pressed into service to airdrop food packets.
Connectivity has been restored in 14 of the 20 villages cut off from land in the initial deluge in the Sultanpur Lodhi sub-division.
Punjab. Indian Link1
File photo of Punjab Floods (Photo: Indian Express)


- Advertisement -

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Ep8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s life

To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Ep 6: The Indian LGBTQ+ community in 2020

  It’s been two years since the world’s largest democracy repealed the draconian Section 377 which used to allow discrimination against homosexual people. Only this...

Latest News

lilly singh

WATCH: Lilly Singh’s rivalry with her overachieving ‘cousin’, Kamala Harris

  "Growing up I always got compared to my Indian cousins," shares Lilly Singh, reminding us of those unforgettable sibling rivalries we've all experiences at...
Udaya wentworthville

Reopening after being a COVID exposure site

  "We did not have a clue, because the customer was asymtopmatic." Since the news of popular spots Saravanaa Bhavan and Udaya supermarket being COVID exposure...
meeting op nayyar (1)

Why OP Nayyar continues to be this fan’s favourite musician

  I am an ardent admirer of O P Nayyar’s music. Anyone who knows me well, knows of my love for Indian film music from...

5 powerful poems by the brilliant Javed Akhtar

  A celebrated lyricist and the recipient of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his poetry, Javed Akhtar's name is synonymous with soul-wrenching, evocative writing.  His...
dog swami video

WATCH: Dog ‘blesses’ devotees outside temple in India

  In a now viral video, a dog stationed outside the Siddhivinayak Temple in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra was spotted shaking hands and 'blessing' devotees as they...