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Yamuna still flowing above danger mark

delhi Updated: Sep 24, 2008 12:45 IST
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The water in Yamuna river in New Delhi continues to flow above the danger mark on Wednesday though it has started receding gradually since Tuesday night.

"The water level will further decline as Haryana is now releasing less quantity of water compared to the last few days. We hope the water scale will go below the danger mark of 204.80 metres," a senior official from Flood and Irrigation department said.

He said people have been evacuated from the catchment areas such as Yamuna Bazar, Usmanpur and Garhi Mandu. "Those places where people have refused we have given them boats as a precautionary measure so that they can use them in emergency," he added.

The water level had crossed 206 metres last night forcing officials to close rail and road traffic on the Old Yamuna Bridge in Northeast Delhi.

As a safety measure, Railways diverted 26 trains, 27 were short-terminated and 10 others cancelled.

Yamuna river has swollen due to release of 4,00,000 cusecs of water by Haryana into western Yamuna from Tajewala barrage.

Delhi is constantly releasing water from Wazirabad barrage and Okhla barrage.