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Haryana pegs flood loss at Rs.650 crore

Chandigarh, July 9 (Calcutta Tube) The four days of flood fury in three districts of Haryana this week have caused a loss of Rs.650 crore, officials said here Friday.

Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Irrigation, S.S. Dhillon said the estimated loss of about Rs.650 crore included damage to crops worth Rs.400 crore, damage to road and networks worth Rs.205 crore and Rs.50 crore respectively.

Dhillon said there had been about 300 mm rain in 36 hours July 5-7 and the huge volume of water caused flooding in Kurukshetra, Ambala and Kaithal districts.

‘The water was now receding because of the drainage system in the state,’ he said.

‘The Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, which was carrying 8,000 cusecs of water, was now flowing with 5,300 cusecs of water. The breach is SYL was being plugged and it would be completed by today (Friday) evening.’

He said that the people of Kaithal town should not worry as water would not enter the town because of drains around it.

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