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Yamuna flows above danger mark in Delhi, agencies on flood alert

The water level is expected to further increase and an alert has been sounded by the authorities, officials said.

delhi Updated: Sep 26, 2018 03:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Yamuna river flowing above the danger mark in Noida.(HT File Photo)

With heavy rain pounding the hill states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand over the weekend, the water level in the Yamuna, further downstream in Delhi, has once again crossed the ‘danger’ level of 204.83 m, resulting in a flood-like situation in the low-lying areas of the river’s floodplains.

At 5 pm on Tuesday, the water level in the Yamuna stood at 205.24m at the Old Iron bridge. District officials said that it was supposed to hit 205.34 by late Tuesday night.

Officials in the irrigation and flood control department apprehend that the water level could rise further as more than 2.5 lakh cusecs water was released from Hathnikund barrage in Haryana (around 250 km upstream of Delhi) at round 10 pm on Monday. It would take at least 24 -32 hours for the water to reach Delhi, depending on the flow.

The flood-like situation prompted Anshu Prakash, chief secretary of Delhi, to hold a meeting with the senior officials from various departments of the government and representatives from the army, police and National Disaster Response Force.

“Boats along with divers have already been stationed at 13 locations. It was decided in the meeting that while tents would be pitched by 10 am on Wednesday so that people can move in, food would be distributed from Wednesday evening,” K Mahesh, magistrate of Shahdara in east Delhi.

Announcements were also being made through mikes advising people living in low-lying areas of the floodplains to evacuate and move to higher grounds. A central control room has been set up to operate round-the-clock.

This is the third time that the water level in the Yamuna has breached the danger mark this year. The water level in Yamuna had touched a five-year high of 206.5m on July 31. At least two persons, including an 11-year-old girl, were killed and around 20,000 people had to be evacuated. On August 15, the water level had again breached the danger mark and had hit 205.7m.

The highest water level that Delhi has ever witnessed was in 1978 when it touched 207.49 m. In 2013, when Haryana had released around eight lakh cusecs, the water level in Delhi touched 207.32 m.

First Published: Sep 25, 2018 20:23 IST