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Munak Canal breach causes chaos

Munak Canal breach causes chaos

In the early hours of Thursday, Shivam Kumar of JJ Colony found his house and neighbourhood partially submerged in floodwaters. The flooding was caused by a breach in the Munak canal, which serves the area after supplying water from Haryana to Delhi.

Residents like Mohina reported severe disruptions. Mohina said: “Since the water has entered our house, we cannot go inside. We cannot cook food for our children and there is no safe place to keep them away as they do not understand the situation and play in the flooded water.” Another resident, Arun Kumar, expressed concern over the unmanageable conditions, especially the lack of basic necessities such as drinking water and food.

Images and videos of locals wading through waist-high water quickly went viral on social media, with homes, schools and hospitals in the Bawana area inundated. Work is underway to repair the breach, with Delhi Water Minister Atishi confirming that repair work will be on a war footing and coordination with Haryana to restore water flow.

(Disclaimer: With input from authorities.)