A seven-member inter-ministerial Central team met the top brass of Punjab government to assess the damage that occurred in wake of floods in several districts of the state.

The special chief secretary (revenue) Karanbir Singh Sidhu briefed the team about the devastation caused by the flood fury beside the post deluge relief measures undertaken by the state government. He pegged the cumulative losses at Rs 1,219.23 crore.

He further said that the entire belt of Sutlej/Beas/Ravi along with districts of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Roopnagar, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ferozepur, Ludhiana, Moga, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, and Tarn Taran witnessed large scale destruction. The special principal secretary to the Chief Minister, Gurkirat Kirpal Singh briefed about the relief and rescue operations carried out as well as the rehabilitation efforts afoot to extend succour to the aggrieved.

Focussing on the farming community, in particular, he emphatically put forward the case of Punjab for the financial aid. He also reiterated that the state government would spare no effort to provide assistance to the people.

As per the memorandum submitted to the inter-ministerial central team, the estimate of the losses include Rs 66.07 crore as submitted by the Deputy Commissioners, Rs 5.37 crore as reported by the Power Department, Rs 172.83 crore by the PWD (B&R), Rs 38.72 crore by the Rural Development Department, Rs 577.7 crore by the Development Department, Rs 72.64 crore by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Rs 57.07 crore by the Local Government Department, Rs 23.45 crore by the Animal Husbandry Department, Rs 202.54 crore by the Water Resources Department and Rs 2.84 crore as reported by the Water Supply and Sanitation Department.

Lauding the efforts undertaken by the Punjab government to tackle the aftermath of the floods and provide relief to the affected people and the areas, the Joint Secretary (CIS), Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Anuj Sharma assured all assistance as per the norms.