Manjit Singh tours flood affected villages of Samba

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, Aug 11: Apni Party provincial president Jammu and former Minister, Manjit Singh today conducted an extensive tour of the flash flood hit areas in Samba district and interacted with the affected families and assured them all possible help.
During his visit to Bari Khad village and adjoining areas, Manjit Singh found that the road connectivity has been completely lost due to heavy rains and flash floods.
“Many roads and link roads have been washed away due to the flood water. The overnight heavy rains have affected normal life in Samba and various villages. In this circumstance, the authorities should immediately send assessment teams to review the situation so that adequate compensation can be given to the victim families,” he said.
He said that the people should be provided medical aid, ration and other needed goods as soon as possible in the flash flood hit areas of the district.
“People in Bari Khad and other Kandi villages do not receive tap water for drinking purposes and hence, they get drinking water supply from the privately hired water tankers. However, with the damage to the road connectivity, the tanker service has also been hampered and similarly the ailing people cannot go out of their respective villages for medical checkup. Therefore, the authorities should immediately provide drinking water and medical care for the people affected due to heavy rains,” he said.
He demanded protection work on the nallahs and river sides to avoid further damage to the public, private properties and agricultural fields by immediately constructing band and crate works.
“The work should be taken up by the Flood Control Department on war footing without wasting time in formalities as it would consume the precious time,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also expressed his deep concern over the washing away of a Research Scholar of Central University in Bari Brahmana area and a woman at Ward Number 4 in Samba due to flash floods.
He expressed his sympathy with the bereaved families of both the missing persons and appealed to the Government to compensate the families of the research scholar and the woman.
He said that the authorities have completely failed to do protection work along the nallahs and river bodies to protect the agricultural land, roads and houses of the people in the district.