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Yamuna crosses danger mark

delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2010 15:50 IST
Irrigation and Flood Control Department

The water level in the Yamuna in New Delhi here crossed the danger mark of 204.83 metres as Haryana released over eight lakh cusec water in the last two days with officials fearing that the level may even raise upto 207 metres by Friday, which may flood low-lying areas.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said all measures have been taken to deal with the "serious" situation.

Flood Control Department officials said the water from Haryana will reach Delhi by Friday evening and the water level may even raise upto 207 metres.

As per the information received by Delhi Government from Central Water Commission, the level of Yamuna would be at 206.90 meters on September 10 evening.

The water level reached 205.09 metres at 8:30 pm on Thursday, the official said.

"Delhi government is taking all precautionary measures to deal with the situation. Almost over 90 per cent people living in the low-lying areas have already been shifted to safer places. We are ready for any kind of situation," the Chief Minister said.

The water level in the river rose to 204.73 metres this afternoon from 204.52 metres this morning. This came following Haryana releasing 6.60 lakh cusec water yesterday and 2.13 lakh cusec today from the Hathanikund Barrage in Haryana.

Although Haryana released around eight lakh cusec of water in last two days, Dikshit said only 3.5 lakh cusec are expected to reach Delhi.

Asked whether the situation is a matter of serious concern, she said "yes" but was quick to add that authorities were fully prepared to deal with the situation.

Apprehending a possible flood-like situation due to the rising water level, the Delhi government has asked people living in low-lying areas near the river to shift to safer places.

After a high-level meeting to review the situation, Flood Control Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan said over 100 booster pumps were fitted along the banks of the river to pump out water which may enter the low-lying areas.

He said the government has already set up large number of camps to provide shelter to the people. "All the measures are in place and there is nothing to worry," he said, adding 74 boats and 68 divers have been pressed into service.

Chouhan said the Irrigation and Flood Control Department has 85850 empty cement bags, 3582 cubic metres of stone, 11 trucks and 422 life jackets to meet the challenge.

Last month too, the Yamuna water level was above the danger level for several days, prompting authorities to shift a large number of people to relief camps.