Chandigarh: Severe rainfall and soaring water level in river Yamuna have reportedly slowed down the rescue operation to save 52 villagers, who have been left stranded at Lapra village in Yamunanagar.

The Army and National Disaster Management Authority personnel are already assisting the civil administration and the help of Air Force has also been requested, official sources said.
    
The rains had led to an alarming increase in the water level of Yamuna, even as a record over 8 lakh cusecs water was flowing through the Hathni Kund barrage, prompting the authorities to sound a high alert in the neighbouring districts of Karnal, Panipat and Sonipat.
    
The villagers, who used to cultivate musk melons and water melons on that piece of land, got trapped as the water level of river Yamuna rose menacingly.

(Agencies)

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