- Yamuna river water level crosses danger mark of 205.33 meters in Delhi
- Flood threat looming over the national capital, administration ready, rescue work underway
- Water level of Yamuna increased due to heavy rain and release of excess water from Haryana in Hathnikund barrage
There is a danger of flood in the national capital Delhi. The Yamuna river is flowing above the danger mark due to heavy rains and release of excess water from Haryana at Hathnikund barrage. The Delhi administration has issued a flood alert on Friday. Teams have been deployed for relief and rescue in case of floods. People living in the plains of Yamuna are being evacuated from there to safer places. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert of ‘moderate rain’ in Delhi.
The water level in the capital has crossed the danger mark of 205.33 meters amid heavy rains in the upper reaches of Yamuna submergence. The water level on the Old Railway Bridge was recorded at 205.34 meters at 11 am, an official said. The water level was recorded at 205.22 meters at 8.30 am, 205.10 meters at 6 am and 205.17 meters at 7 am. The water level may rise further.
An official of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department said that all the concerned departments have been alerted. The Irrigation and Flood Control Department has deployed 13 boats in different areas. Apart from this, 21 other boats have been kept in standby mode.
An official said that flood-prone areas are being evacuated from the people and they are being shifted to the state government’s shelter homes in Yamuna Pushta area. He said, 15 risk points have been identified in the East District. We are putting up tents and evacuating people from these risky areas. The situation is being monitored round the clock.
After Haryana released more water into Yamuna from Hathnikund barrage, Delhi Police and East Delhi district administration are engaged in evacuating people living in the plains of Yamuna in the capital.
A district administration official said a flood alert is issued when the water level of Yamuna crosses the ‘danger mark’ of 204.50 metres. The situation is being monitored round the clock.
An official of the Meteorological Department said that the river is in spate due to rain in Delhi. Due to the possibility of more rain in Northwest India, the river may be in spate. The Meteorological Department has issued an ‘Orange Alert’ for moderate rain in Delhi-NCR for the third day on Friday.
According to the Delhi Flood Control Room, the water release rate at Hathnikund barrage reached 1.60 lakh cusecs on Tuesday afternoon, which is the highest so far this year. It usually takes two to three days for the water released from the barrage to reach the capital.
Haryana released water at the rate of 19,056 cusecs from the barrage located at Yamunanagar till 8 am. Till 8 pm on Thursday, water was released at the rate of 25,839 cusecs. Normally the rate of flow of water from Hathnikund barrage is 352 cusecs but more water is being released after heavy rains in the submerged areas. One cusec is equal to 28.32 liters per second.
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