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Water-level in Yamuna touches 204.60 metres

delhi Updated: Sep 21, 2008 20:05 IST

The water-level in Yamuna in the capital on Sunday touched 204.60 metres, just 23 centimetres away from the danger mark, as Haryana released nearly four lakh cusecs of water into the river, forcing officials to take precautionary measures to tackle the "alarming situation".

Officials also fear that the water level may also surpass its five year record by Monday.

"The water-level in Yamuna has touched 204.60 metres today while the danger mark is 204.83 metres. The danger mark may be breached tomorrow morning. The situation is alarming," Delhi government sources said.

This is for the first time in the last ten years that such a huge quantity of water 3.90 lakhs cusecs has been released from Tajewala barrage by the neighbouring state which is witnessing heavy rainfall.

"We have alerted all the people living in the Yamuna's catchment areas. We have taken all precautionary measures," a senior official with Delhi Flood and Irrigation Department said.

All the locals living adjacent to the Yamuna banks have been warned and directed to evacuate to the safer places.

All the officials have been alerted and logistics have arranged to meet any eventualities.

"Control rooms have been set up at various strategic places to keep round-the-clock tab of water flow which has been steadily increasing due to constant rains in northern states," the official said.

After touching the danger mark of 204.88 meters on August 7, the water level shot up on August 17 to reach 205.55 meters, much above the danger mark, for the first time in the last five years.