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Jul 13, 2023 08:04 AM IST

Delhi flood reason: Water released from the Hathnikund barrage took less time to reach Delhi increasing Yamuna's water level quicker than estimated.

The Central Water Commission estimated that the Yamuna could swell to 207.99 metres on Wednesday night- an unprecedented danger mark. But exceeding the estimate, the water level of Yamuna breached the mark of 208.05 metres marking it as an 'extreme situation' for Delhi as flood water entered the city on Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning, the water level breached the mark of 208.46 metres with flood water entering Delhi's ITO. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to intervene and ensure that the water released from Haryana's Hathnikund barrage is slowed. Yamuna flooding: Follow LIVE updates

People from low-lying areas around the Yamuna river carry their belongings while relocating to a safer place near Mayur Vihar Phase-1, in New Delhi on Wednesday. ((Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO))
People from low-lying areas around the Yamuna river carry their belongings while relocating to a safer place near Mayur Vihar Phase-1, in New Delhi on Wednesday. ((Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO))

Yamuna water level today: How has it been rising? What is the danger mark

The danger mark is 205.33 metres which was breached on Monday after heavy rain for consecutive days. The water level shot up rapidly. But as the intensity of the rain was to gradually weaken, Kejriwal on Monday said there was no immediate flood threat.

The water level breached all-time record of 207.49 metres by 1pm on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, the level was beyond the 208-metre mark.

TimeYamuna water level
Sunday 11am204.14 metres
Monday  5pm205.4m
Monday night 206m
Wednesday 4am207m
Wednesday 1pm207.55m
Wednesday night208.05
Thursday morning208.46

What led to the Delhi flood? Delhi blames Haryana's Hathnikund barrage

Extreme rain in a very short duration has been identified as the primary cause for the Yamuna flooding parts of Delhi. An official of the Central Water Commission said the water released from the Hathnikund barrage in Haryana took less time to reach Delhi compared to other occasions. The reason could be encroachment and siltation. The water had a constricted space to pass through which could have increased the speed, experts said. The same amount of rainfall scattered over a few days would not have led to the extreme situation, experts believe.

Delhi flood: List of affected areas

All low-lying areas along Yamuna have been affected as the flood water entered the ring road on Wednesday afternoon. Boat Club, Monastery Market, Neeli Chhatri Temple, Yamuna Bazar, Neem Karoli gaushala, Vishwakarma colony, the stretch between Majnu ka Tila and Wazirabad were flooded by Wednesday evening.

Parts of Mayur Vihar, Laxmi Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan, Badarpur, Jamia Nagar, and Shaheen Bagh are at risk of getting flooded if the water level rises further.

(With inputs from Alok K N Mishra)

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