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Rajasthan villages flood, natives awe-struck


Urvashi Gulia,CNN-IBN
Jul 08, 2007 at 04:25pm IST

Pichia village (Jodhpur): It's a sea of water everywhere in this desert. As many as 50 villages in the sprawling Jodhpur district are affected after the Jaswant Sagar dam breached following heavy rains and fresh cracks are developing as water sweeps away more earth here.

Though no casualties have been reported yet, the government still has a lot to worry about.

At the site of the breach itself one expects heavy security and no villagers, but at the dam a surprise is in store.

WOWED BY WATER: The site of the breach has become a mini tourist spot.

So high is the curiosity level to see so much water around them, that the site of the breach has become a mini tourist spot.

Women, children and even men from villages near site of the breach are thronging the dam to get a glimpse of what they call a talab (lake).

The irony is that the very villagers whose houses are in danger are now betting whether or not the whole wall of this 118-year-old dam would collapse.

(With inputs from Jemima Rohekar)

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