Moderate to heavy rains lashed most places in Punjab and Haryana, with 50 villages alongside the Yamuna in Sonepat district continue to remain on high alert for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday as the water in the river flowed much above the danger mark.

Chandigarh received heavy downpour last night and got 86.9 mm of rain, the MeT said here.

In Haryana, rains lashed Sonepat (45 mm), Jind (40 mm), Yamunanagar (38 mm), Jhajjar (30 mm), Faridabad (26 mm), Kalka (20 mm), Rewari (17 mm), Palwal (16 mm), Panchkula (15 mm), Mewat (15 mm), Bhiwani (14 mm), Gurgaon (12 mm), Ambala (6.5 mm) and Rohtak (5.6 mm).

In Punjab, among the places lashed by rains included Mohali (55 mm), Ropar (43 mm), Hoshiarpur (18 mm), Ferozepur (11 mm), Gurdaspur (6.4 mm) and Faridkot (6 mm).

Following release of 2.08 lakh cusecs of water from the Hathnikund barrage near Yamunanagar, there has been no let up in fury of the Yamuna near Sonepat today, a report said.

The river has crossed the danger mark and flood waters have submerged the crops in about 50 villages along the river embankments.

Sonepat’s Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi, however, said the flood situation was under control.

“The officials of the Sonepat district administration, revenue and irrigation departments are keeping a close watch on the situation caused by the swollen river. All the stone studs and the 48-kms earthen bund between Bega and Dahesra villages along the Haryana-Delhi border are still intact and have withstood the fury of the Yamuna,” Mr. Joshi said.


People evacuated as Yamuna overflows August 22, 2010