Flood Scare In Hanumangarh As Ghaggar Swells, Admn On Alert | Jaipur News

Jaipur: The recent influx of rainwater from Haryana into the Ghaggar River has resulted in a flood-like situation in Hanumangarh district, putting the local administration on its toes. The administration has drawn a list of vulnerable villages and has ordered to evacuate residents of a few villages.
District collector Rukmani Riar took stock of preparations and also appealed for the evacuation of villagers.
Speaking to TOI, Riar said, “A total of 25 villages have been identified as severely vulnerable to flooding, where 9,000 people reside. We have requested them to move to their relatives’ houses. The administration has also set up 55 relief camps with all the necessary arrangements. National Disaster Response Force and SDRF teams have been stationed.”
District officials said that in view of the apprehension of flood in Hanumangarh, the administration has already ordered to move out residents of 23 villages. The list includes Kamrani, Fatehpur, Amarpura, Bhadrakali, Dhalia, Budsinghwala, Gahdu, Jwalasingh, Satipura, Srinagar, Khunja, Gangagarh, Purushottamwala Bas, Karnisar, Sahlipura, Bahalol Nagar, Masruwala, Chak 23 STG, Chak 25-26 STG, Chak 29 STG. People from some areas of these villages and towns have been shifted.
Officials of the water resources department said that for the last few days it is raining heavily in Bikaner division and Sri Ganganagar, Hanumangarh and Bikaner received more than 2 inches of rain on Friday.
Amarjeet Singh Meharada, the chief engineer of WRD in Hanumangarh, said, “To add to the problem of incessant rainfall, heavy water is flowing down from Haryana through the beds of the Ghaggar river. At around 8pm on Saturday there were 11,500 cusec of water in the Hanumangarh district of Ghaggar River.”
He added, “The river beds can handle a maximum of 17,000 to 18,000 cusec capacity. Yesterday, Haryana released around 25,000 cusec of water from the Otu head of the river and most of this is expected to reach Rajasthan by the wee hours of Sunday. We are keeping our intake structure system ready. Through this system we are going to divert the water to Indira Gandhi Canal. Meanwhile, we have requested our Punjab counterparts not to release water into the canal from the Hari Ke Barrage.”
A district administration official said six RAS officers have been assigned to special duty in Hanumangarh to handle potential flood repercussions.

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