Thousands fled their homes as the rain-swollen Satluj river flooded 15 villages in Anandpur Sahib in Punjab’s Ropar district, inundating vast acres of farmland.
A nearly 100-feet breach in the river bank turned the villages of Laudipur, Gajjpur, Burj, Nangli, Dasdgrain, Hariwal, Nikkuwal, Mehandli Kalan and Saini Majra into a sea of water.
Authorities quickly set up relief centres to house the flood victims. “We will plug the breach,” Ropar Deputy Commissioner Arunjit Singh Miglani told IANS.
Flooding was also reported in the villages of Ferozepur and Nawanshahar districts.