Rising fast at 15 cms per hour, the Yamuna river was flowing at 207.32 metres at 8 pm on Wednesday - fast racing to breach the 1978 record of 207.49 metres when Delhi saw its worst floods of the century.
As per government record, one person drowned while bathing at Majnu Ka Tila in north Delhi and over 5,000 people have been displaced after being evacuated from villages and colonies along the riverbank and low-lying areas.
After visiting some of the relief camps, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said: "We have rescued 400 people while 5,000 plus persons have been evacuated and provided shelter in 19 camps."
The administration has also pressed more than a dozen pumps in service and deployed another dozen motorboats for tackling emergencies situations.
Closure of Old Loha Pul for all traffic and Wazirabad bridge for heavy vehicles caused lot of traffic disruptions, especially in north Delhi. Movement of trains over the Old Loha Pul connecting Delhi and Shahadara was suspended from 12 noon till further notice.
The Yamuna continues to flow above danger levels.