The spate in the Yamuna is ebbing away. After rising for the past two days, the water level in the otherwise scrawny river remained constant at 205.28 metres — a metre above the danger level—the whole of Sunday.
According to Central Water Commission, which monitors and supervises river floods across India, the level would fall to 205.05 m by Monday noon and continue receding.
“Things are under control as the lack of rainfall has decreased the amount of water released from Haryana’s Tajewala catchment area, which is normal at 29000 cusecs,” said a senior executive engineer of Delhi Irrigation and Flood Control department.
Delhi still remained in flood-alert mode on Sunday, more out of administrative propriety, shifting people, mostly unauthorised settlers on the riverbed.
“We have shifted 1,100 people and erected 200 tents across the trans-Yamuna region,” said S.S. Ghankrokta, Deputy Commissioner (East). “There is forecast of receding water level.”
Traditionally vulnerable areas like Usmanpur in east Delhi are yet to be affected. At ITO, the water has reached the edge of the banks — a rare sight.
“Delhi’s flood is not natural. The river has enough space to tackle the raised water volume. But man-made follies like encroached riverbed and clogged drains makes it flood the banks,” said environmental activist Manoj Misra of Yamun Jiye Abhiyaan, a coalition of NGOs fighting to conserve the Yamuna in Delhi.