Yamuna in spate, 465 moved to relief camps in Paonta Sahib

Nearly 465 persons living along the banks of Yamuna river were evacuated and moved to relief camps at Paonta Sahib near here on Monday.

Those who have been evacuated work for stone crushers in the district. A Sirmaur district administration official said nine persons trapped on islands in the Yamuna river were also rescued from near Paonta Sahib. However, seven members of a family were still stuck on an island as the Yamuna river continued to rise following heavy rain in the upper reaches and neighbouring Uttarakhand on Monday. Such has been the flow of the river that even local divers did not jump into the water.

Rescue operations will resume once the water level recedes.

Schools in the district, meanwhile, remained closed today and will follow suit on Tuesday. 
At Baharal panchayat near here, 12 persons are said to be trapped on a piece of land dividing Yamuna and Batta rivers.

Paonta Sahib sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Sharavan Manta said the evacuated persons had been sent to relief camps.

“Some private contractors have also come forward to provide stay and food facilities to the evacuated persons,” he said.

The deputy commissioner had ordered the evacuation of people, particularly daily-wagers residing in temporary houses in Nawada and Rampurghat.

Paonta Sahib has received 180-mm rain in the past three days. Last year, eight persons were washed away in a flashflood at Paonta Sahib, thus forcing the administration to take precautions this year.

Water level in Yamuna nears 35-year record

The water level in Yamuna river has almost equalised its 35-year record. In 1978, the water level of the Yamuna river was recorded at 388.25 metre in Monsoon, but today it was 384.88 metre. The river was flowing above the danger level, said an official.


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