Alert: Yamuna breaches danger level
The Yamuna breached its danger level for the second time in three week time on Thursday as the water level reached 205 meters in the evening. The danger mark of the river is 204.83 meters. HT reports.delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2010 23:32 IST
The Yamuna breached its danger level for the second time in three week time on Thursday as the water level reached 205 meters in the evening. The danger mark of the river is 204.83 meters.
The level of the water increased as Haryana released around six lakh cusecs of water on Wednesday and more than 2 lakh cusecs on Thursday.
Authorities have, meanwhile evacuated all residents from low lying areas such as Usmanpur, Garhimandu, Badarpur Khadar and ISBT Bridge .
"The water is expected to reach Delhi by Friday evening and according to the revised forecast, the level of water will touch 206.35 meters till 4 pm. The level is expected to rise following that," said Ish Kumar, chief engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Department.
The earlier forecast had set the levels at 206.90 meters.
"The impact on Delhi is expected to be lower as the water has breached the banks in Haryana and has spread out over a large area," Kumar added.
The Irrigation and Flood Control Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan also convened a high level meeting to review the situation on Thursday and said that there was no flood situation at present in Delhi . He also added that 90 booster pumps were fitted along the banks of the river to pump out water which may enter the low-lying areas.
Chauhan also said that the Department has adequate empty cement bags, iron meshes, trucks and life jackets to avoid any contingency.
More than 70 boats have been positioned at the riverside and 68 divers/boatmen and a team of National Disaster Relife Force has also been deployed to tackle any eventuality.
"Our team will patrol the riverside all night. All gates that open into the Yamuna have been closed as of now," said Kumar.