The recent heavy rains in North India have led to widespread flooding, affecting Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Here are some of the initial assessment of the affected areas:
As many as 1,058 villages across 14 districts in Punjab. The villages in distress include 364 in Rupnagar, 268 in Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, 250 in Patiala, 71 in Jalandhar, 30 in Moga, 25 in Hoshiarpur, 16 in Ludhiana, three each in Sangrur and Ferozepur, and six in Tarn Taran.
At least 11 districts are currently affected including Ambala, Fatehabad, Faridabad, Panchkula, Jhajjar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal, Panipat, Sonipat, and Yamunanagar and 105 villages. Over 20,000 hectares of crop area affected due to floods.
The state of Himachal Pradesh is grappling with the closure of over 1000 roads and the damage of more than 5000 water supply schemes. The districts that are most affected are Saloni (district Chamba), Kangra Aero (district Kangra), Barthin (district Bilaspur), Nagrota Surian (district Kangra), and Mandi district.
In response to this crisis, Roar 4 Change, a non-profit organization, is launching the Roar 4 Panjab program to provide essential support and assistance to the affected communities. Mr. Baljit Singh, Chairman of Roar 4 Change, said “We are looking forward for the support from the community. We are a 100% volunteer organization with zero overheads. All the 100% donations received will be spent on the people who need the most. We have called this Roar 4 Panjab which will included these most affected states and were part of the original undivided Panjab. We should look beyond boundaries and support the families most needed.”