The Yamuna broke a 32-year record on Wednesday as it reached a level of 207.05 meters, a tad short of its all-time high level of 207.49 meters in 1978.
Authorities predicted the river would touch 207.30 meters by Thursday morning.
Two children were feared drowned in the Yamuna on Wednesday while one of their friends was rescued, fire officials said. The incident took place in Madanpur Khadar, south Delhi.
“The discharge from the Hathnikund barrage and the unprecedented rain have added to the woes of the city,” said Ish Kumar, chief engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Department. But he said things would improve in the next few days. “After Thursday, the Yamuna waters will remain constant for a few days and then recede.”
New Usmanpur, Sarita Vihar, Kalindi Kunj, Jamia Nagar and Wazirabad were flooded and road and rail traffic hit. This is the third time this year the Yamuna has crossed the danger level of 204.83 meters.