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Yamuna water reaching record level, 1 drowns

The muddy, swirling waters of the Yamuna river were flowing over the danger mark on Wednesday, leading to the closure of the city's 145-year-old railway bridge, and forced the evacuation of 2,000 families living along the river banks.

delhi Updated: Jun 19, 2013 21:13 IST

Low-lying areas along the Yamuna were on Wednesday flooded, as water level in the river inched closer to breaking the 207.49 metres mark, the highest in recorded history, prompting the authorities to evacuate over 5,000 people even as a man drowned in the river.

Appealing to the people not to panic, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said the administration was "fully ready" to face any eventuality, as all concerned departments and agencies have been putting in their best efforts to deal with the situation.

The water level in the river was recorded at 207.32 metre at 7 pm, which is 2.49 metre above the danger mark of 204.83 metre. The highest water level of 207.49 m in Yamuna was recorded in 1978 when several areas in the city had witnessed flash floods.

Officials said the water level is expected to cross the highest level by midnight tonight. The city government has asked the army to be on alert for helping the civil administration, if required.

The water level in Yamuna has increased primarily due to release of around 11 lakh cusecs of water into Yamuna by Haryana from its Hathnikund barrage in the last three days.

The neighbouring state released around one lakh cusecs of water into the river today.

First Published: Jun 19, 2013 11:54 IST