Water receding in Gurdaspur, but wide breaches will take time to be plugged | Ludhiana News – Times of India

GURDASPUR: The effect of the reduced water discharge from the Pong Dam are becoming evident in the villages of Gurdaspur district, particularly in those located upstream.

The water levels have noticeably started receding, reflecting the impact of this decrease.
While confirming the same, DC Gurdaspur, Himanshu Aggarwal said that water had begun receding from the villages that were previously submerged.

He expressed optimism that this trend would extend to the villages located downstream as well, providing relief to the communities that had been grappling with the effects of the earlier inundation.
“I visited over a dozen villages situated upstream today and found that about 1.5 to 2 feet of water had receded, however, the water level in the downstream villages had increased but it was a flowing water and would also start receding as there was no rain here or in Himachal Pradesh,” he said.
Teams of the National Disaster Relief Force and the army continued the evacuation and rescue operations on Thursday.
As many as 600 persons were rescued while over 5,000 people were evacuated from various villages, informed Himanshu adding that a total of four relief centers had been established on Gurdaspur-Mukerian road.
Reportedly, despite the fact that their houses are submerged, there are families who are adamant about staying in their home and not ready to leave their villages.
DC informed that medical teams had been dispatched to these households adding that they had been able to persuade a family to leave their house especially due to the health condition of a 15-day-old infant.
It is learnt that a total of 7 breaches were reported in the dhussi bandh out of which almost 300 feet wide breach was reported near Jagatpur and Tanda villages .
When asked, DC said work was going on to plug the breaches as they needed 2.5 lakh sandbags to fill the breach which they were getting from various parts and departments of Punjab . He said the big breaches would take a day or two more to be plugged.