Duststorm causes widespread damage
Kapurthala, May 9 (UNI) One person was killed and more than three dozen animals perished in a fire following a duststorm last night that played havoc with more than two dozen villages in this district.
According to reports, fifty houses were gutted and there was heavy loss to moveable properties. The fires that broke out were caused due to lightning.
Deputy Commissioner Raminder Singh, who along with SSP Rajiv Ahir visited the worst affected villages Talwandi Chaudhrian and Randhirpur, told mediapersons that men, women and children saved their lives miraculously from the fury of the fire that occured due to the duststorm.
The DC said that Kewal Singh (55) of village Randhirpur died due to sudden shock on seeing the fire that engulfed the entire village.
Fifty houses in Randhirpur, Talwandi Chaudhrian and Rampur Jagir villages were gutted.
The worst affected villages included Talwandi Chaudhrian, Randhirpur, Rampur Jagir, Didwindi, Habbatpur, Alupur, Jatike, Sangojla and Dhariwal.
The DC further told that agriculture implements, tractors, two combines and one car were severely damaged due to fire.
He disclosed that more than five hundred quintals of wheat stored by a farmer at village Talwandi Chaudhiran was destroyed in the fire and fire tenders were still fighting to control the flames at the hey stocks in the village.
Six fire tenders from Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Rail Coach Factory and Panchatta were pressed into service to extinguish the flames.
The DC asked the SDMs of Kapurthala, Sultanpurlodhi, Phagwara and Bholath to assess the damage caused due to fire and submit the report by evening for submitting it to Financial Commissioner, Revenue.
He said the exact amount of loss could be ascertained only after receiving the report from the respective SDMs and the government would give compensation to the victims.
Fire was also reported from many places in Nawanshahar district but with no loss of human life.
Several houses and hundreds of wheat straw heaps were reduced to ashes in the fire that occurred at more than thirty places in the district during the duststorm.
Five animals were killed in fire, while several valuables including cash and household goods and furniture were destroyed. The loss of about Rs three lakh was estimated in the district, said Punjab Agro Foods Limited chairman Joginder Singh Maan, who along with Phagwara SDM Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, ASP Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill rushed to the affected villages.
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