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Water recedes in Ghaggar, Guhla villagers heave sigh of relief

Kaithal, Jul 19 (UNI) People of dozens of villages in Guhla sub-division, whose crops had submerged in flood waters as a result of over-flowing Ghaggar river, heaved a sigh of relief, after the water level started receding, registering an almost two-point dip, from 24 feet on Thursday, to 22 feet two inches on Friday.
Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Soni said that though the flood waters had affected crops in about 3000 acres, but exact assessment about loss, if any, would be possible after reduction in water level.
Meanwhile, Irrigation SE R S Mittal said that if this trend continued and there was no rain in catchment areas, the level may recede further. He said that on Friday, a small bandh adjoining Urlana village breached, but it was plugged before it could cause any damage in village localities.
Earlier on Wednesday, the water level in Ghaggar river passing through Guhla, touched danger mark above 23 feet and flooded some villages.
Dr Soni, accompanied by SP Virender Vij, Mr Mittal and other officials toured areas facing the flood threat adjoining Ghaggar river in Guhla sub-division.
They interacted with villagers and inspected Sarola Siphon, Kamheri, Bopur, Meera Pur drain, Kasouli, Sugalpur, Sihali and other areas and assured villagers that administration was keeping a constant watch over the situation and had made all necessary arrangements to meet any situation, if there was further rise in water levels in Ghaggar.
Special staff had been deployed and JCB machines and soil-filled gunny bags were ready on the spot, to immediately plug any breach at any place around the flood-threatened villages.
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