IEP Chandigarh, July 19
As part of its commitment to provide succour to the beleaguered people in accordance with the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the State Government machinery has plunged headlong to mitigate the situation created by floods in the state. To speed up the relief operations in the state and as per the directions of CM Bhagwant Mann, 26482 persons have been evacuated and taken to safe places. A spokesperson informed that 1438 villages have been affected by the flood till 8 am on July 19. A total of 155 relief camps are running in the state in which 4234 people are staying. Currently, 19 districts are affected by floods including Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Faridkot, Hoshiarpur, Rupnagar, Kapurthala, Patiala, Moga, Ludhiana, SAS Nagar, Jalandhar, Sangrur, SBS Nagar, Fazilka, Gurdaspur, Mansa, Bathinda and Pathankot. According to the report received by the revenue department from different districts, a total of 38 people have lost their lives due to floods in the state and 15 injured while 2 are still missing. As per the information received from the animal husbandry department, a total of 2331 animals treated and 7940 animals vaccinated in the state. Rescue teams of the department are working round the clock to provide treatment, supply feed, fodder and silage to the needy animals. Special flood relief camps are also being organised in affected districts. On the other hand, the teams of the health department are working in the flood-affected areas with full attention. According to the spokesperson, 465 Rapid Response Teams (RRT) have been working at flood affected areas. The health department has set up 263 medical camps in the affected areas. He further informed that dry food packets are being continuously distributed in the flood affected areas. 22,641 dry food packets have been distributed in Rupnagar, 64000 in Patiala, 4400 in SAS Nagar, 5700 in SBS Nagar and 2200 in Fatehgarh Sahib..