Water below danger mark but govt begins evacuation from Yamuna bank
The water level of the Yamuna River continued to stay below the danger mark. Despite this, the Delhi government begun the evacuation of a few people living along the banks as a precautionary measure.
With 40,000 cusecs of water having been released upstream at the Hathnikund barrage on Monday, the water in the river climbed above the 204.32-metre-mark by mid-morning on Monday. However, the level soon came down to 204.16 metres by evening.
"At present, the water level is about 204.14 metres and it has been coming down gradually. There is no flood threat in the area and therefore, no need to panic," said VPS Tomar, chief engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Department. He also added that the local rainfall is a significant contributor to the river water level.
While the warning mark for the Yamuna is 204 metres, the danger level lies at 204.83 metres. The highest level to which the water level has so far risen was 207.49 metres which happened in 1978. In 2010, the level had risen to 207.11 metres.
"Ample precautions have been taken and announcements are being made to caution people residing in the basin area. Also, some of them have been evacuated," said a senior Delhi government official.
"Thirteen boats have been placed on standby and routine vigil is being carried out. All district control rooms are monitoring the situation," added the official.
Officials of the flood and irrigation department said they have already begun the process of stocking up on relief material such as wooden poles, wire mesh, boulders and empty cement bags to deal with any emergency.