Flooding in the north-west province of Punjab, in India, has killed at least six and created conditions described by the authorities as "grim".
Flooding in the north-west province of Punjab, in India, has killed at least six and created conditions described by the authorities as "grim". Some 60,000 people are said to have loss property or to have been forced to leave their homes as rivers continue to rise well above recognised danger levels.
SYNOPSIS: The Army has helped evacuate several hundred marooned villagers in the Punjab. The flooding has been caused by heavy monsoon rains and has claimed more than 550 lives throughout India so far this month (August). India's Agriculture Minister Surjit Singh Barnala has estimated that flood damage will be at least 507 million rupees (about 63 million dollars). In the state of Punjab alone, some 50,000 acres of land are under water, and at least 30,000 acres of crops have been lost.
A great deal of damage was caused when the swollen Sutlej River changed course. The Army tried to repair breaches in the embankments but could not contain the floodwaters which also covered parts of a highway. But on dry areas of the main road, homeless villages set up camps, making it easier for troops to deliver essential supplies.