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Drain water ravages standing crops in over six Abohar villages

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Abohar, August 22

A number of farmers had staged a dharna on the Abohar-Seetogunno-Dabwali road last evening to draw attention to the problem of overflowing Abulkhurana drain, yet no measures were taken to resolve their problem even today.

Water fury has ravaged the standing cotton and other crops in more than six villages.

A farmer said a few days back, the district administration had directed the Drainage Department to clean all drains as they suspected a heavy spell of rain, however the authorities did not pay heed to their request.

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A villager said the overflowing water from the drain had affected crops in Pakki, Balluana, Kera Khera, Bahawalbasi, Dhani Sucha Singh and Kailash Nagar villages, and it was fast heading towards clusters of houses, which, he said, might collapse if necessary action wasn't taken.

The villager said crops worth Rs 500 crore were damaged due to a similar situation in September 2015, and subsequently the then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was forced to visit some of the affected areas and announce compensation.

A resident in Dharangwala village said the locals were shifting their families and livestock to safer places, as the rainwater was yet to be drained out.

Jain Nagari residents rued that were forced to stay on the first floor of their houses, as the ground floor was submerged for the past three days.

Protest on Dabwali road over 'inaction'

  • On Friday evening, several farmers staged a dharna on the Abohar-Seetogunno-Dabwali road
  • They said the authorities concerned did nothing to resolve the problem of overflowing Abulkhurana drain
  • Several villages, including Pakki, Balluana, Kera Khera, Bahawalbasi, Dhani Sucha Singh and Kailash Nagar, are inundated


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