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Rising Yamuna threatens to flood Games Village

india Updated: Sep 23, 2010 01:10 IST
New Delhi

The swelling Yamuna river has added to the woes of the authorities who are already battling allegations of “shoddy” arrangement in the Commonwealth Games Village.

The rising water of the river on Wednesday reached the doorsteps of the Games Village. At 207.05 metres, the rise in the water level has broken a 32-year-old record. While the flood situation in the city intensifies, only an embankment lies between the river and the Games Village, which is built on the river bank.

The area surrounding the Games Village was inundated earlier as well. However, the authorities maintained that there was no need to panic. “The embankment along the village has kept the water out of the Village.

The chances of river water entering the site are minimal,” said Ish Kumar, chief engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Department. The stagnant water is likely to raise more problems for the authorities, who are also fighting an outbreak of dengue in the city.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people living in the low-lying areas have been shifted to relief camps near the CWG Village and Akshardham Temple. The incessant rainfall in the city has also intensified the city's woes.

The rains have left the roads near the Village waterlogged with a large number of construction workers falling victim to dengue and malaria. The weatherman has predicted a cloudy sky with rain and thundershowers for Thursday as well. Delhi has seen one of its wettest monsoons this year with the city receiving over 1,000 mm of rains.