15 trains cancelled as old Loha Pul over swollen Yamuna closed

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2016 19:38 IST
As the Yamuna water level reached near danger mark, the Old Iron Bridge was closed for public transport in New Delhi on Sunday (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Water level of the Yamuna, which swelled through the night breaching the danger mark around 4am, has started receding but is still above the warning mark, officials said on Sunday.

The Yamuna bridge (Loha Pul) has been closed as a precautionary measure leading to the cancellation of 15 trains and 100 diversions. Also, a few trains have been short terminated, a railway spokesperson said.

“We are monitoring the situation closely and the staff concerned have been put on alert. Once the water level recedes, the bridge will be opened to rail traffic,” the official said.

Indian Railways officer check Yamuna River water level and water running speed as the water level reaches a danger mark of 204.83m at Old Yamuna river in New Delhi on Sunday (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

According to the central flood control room, the water level at 2pm was at 204.76 metres, mainly due to discharge of water from Haryana’s Palla barrage. The corresponding danger and water levels are 204 m and 204.83 m, respectively.

Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra said disaster and flood management teams of the Delhi government rescued one family and around 60 people overnight.

“The situation is improving and the water level will further go down from around 6pm. Around 4 AM, it had crossed the danger mark at 204.9 m,” Mishra said.

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