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North India rain death toll: 11

August 05, 2004 21:37 IST

Leaving behind a trial of destruction, the rains in Punjab and neighbouring Haryana have so far claimed 11 lives and caused damage to property worth crores of rupees.

Out of the seven girls drowned in the flood waters in the Naggal area of Ambala on Wednesday, the bodies of four were recovered on Thursday.

Three people in Chandigarh and at least one in Punjab have died in rain-related incidents, official sources said.

The Ambala Red Cross Society has so far distributed 15,000 food packets to people stranded in the flood-affected areas of the district. Ambala Deputy Commissioner R P Gupta said that with the cooperation of the army and the local people, food packets and water was being supplied to the flood affected people using boats.

Western Command chief Lt General J J Singh on Thursday reviewed the flood situation in the areas where the army has been deployed following flash floods in Ambala and Panchkula districts.

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A total of 13 columns were mobilised by August 3 with nine in Ambala region and two each in Patiala (Punjab) and Panchkula. They continue to plug breaches in the Rajpura-Patiala stretch of the highway.

Meanwhile, two breaches were reported in the Sutluj-Yamuna Link canal near Naggal. Two breaches had already appeared in the Narwana branch of the canal on Wednesday.

After rescuing the flood-affected people of Naggal area, the administration has been providing them water, food and medical facilities.

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