Yamuna crosses danger mark in Delhi

New Delhi. An ‘alert’ has been sounded for evacuation of people living in low-lying areas along the banks of Yamuna river in Delhi and the water level of the river has risen to 206.18 meters above the danger mark of 205.33 meters, which is in the upper catchment areas. This year is the highest ever increase in water level after continuous rain. Officials gave this information on Tuesday.

East Delhi District Magistrate Anil Banka said that an ‘alert’ was issued on Tuesday morning for the evacuation of people after the water level crossed the level of 206 metres. He said the low-lying areas on the banks of the river are being evacuated and people are being shifted to higher places. Arrangements have been made for their stay in government schools and night shelters in the surrounding areas. Banka said that the announcements are being made to caution the people in view of the possibility of further rise in the water level.

The low-lying areas along the river in Delhi are considered flood prone areas, where about 37,000 people live. This is the second time in two months that the authorities have evacuated people living in low-lying areas due to the flood-like situation.

The Delhi Flood Control Room said that the water level on the Old Delhi Railway Bridge crossed 206 meters at 6.45 am on Tuesday. The water level in the river rose to 206.18 meters till 9 am. According to the forecast of the flood control room, the water level is likely to rise to 206.5 meters between 3 pm and 5 pm during the day.

Officials reported release of around 96,000 cusecs of water from Hathnikund barrage in Haryana at 7 am. One cusec is equal to 28.32 liters per second. (Language)

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