At least 50 villages alongside the river Yamuna remained on a high alert for the third consecutive day on Friday with the river flowing much above the danger mark following the release of 2.8 lakh cusecs of water from the Tajewala Headworks near Yamunanagar.
Irrigation department officials, however, said there was nothing to panic about the flow of water in the Yamuna. Despite assurances by the authorities, many villagers were busy shifting their household goods to safer places as they claimed that their crops sown on the bed of the river had been damaged. Blaming the irrigation department officials for the crop loss suffered by them, farmers said their houses would be flooded if more water was released into the river.
Sources said water has passed through the stone studs constructed at various vulnerable points, including Bega, Memarpur and Garhi Asadpur, without causing any damage to 48-km-long earthen bund between Bega and Dahesra villages near the Haryana-Delhi border.
Meanwhile, fields in many villages were submerged and the authorities, villagers claimed, had failed in pumping out the rain water. Standing crops, including jowar and guwar, were damaged in many villages, they said.