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Haryana battles floods, warns against using NH 1
Published on 7 Jul. 2010 11:31 PM IST
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Rescue operations were on at a war footing Wednesday in Haryana’s Ambala and Kurukshetra districts where major breaches in rivers and canals led to the flooding of vast areas, prompting authorities to warn against travelling on the busy National Highway 1 to New Delhi.
The army had to be requisitioned Tuesday evening after the heavy rains led to water overflowing in the Ghaggar river and the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal, causing breaches. Traffic and electricity supply was disrupted.
Haryana Director General of Police Ranjiv Dalal issued an appeal to the public to avoid travel on the Ambala-Delhi National Highway 1, connecting the national capital to various parts of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.
“We appeal to the public to avoid using National Highway 1 unless it is very important for some days as it has started cracking near Shahabad town in Haryana. However, rescue and repair work is on and everything will be in place at the earliest,” said Dalal.
Ambala, which is around 45 km from the state capital Chandigarh, had received over 550 mm rainfall in the last three days. However, there was no rain in Ambala and Kurukshetra Wednesday morning.

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