Photos: Rain-fed Yamuna nears warning levels in Delhi

The Delhi government’s Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Department issued a report on August 25 that the river Yamuna was flowing at at 204.38 meters, just below the river's warning level of 204.50 metres and may swell further if more water is released from Hathnikund barrage in Haryana. Flood control officials say that that preparations are underway if there is a need to deal with a flood-like situation in case of further rises. The Indian Meterological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of moderate to heavy rainfall in northwest India in the next 2-3 days.

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A water level meter seen in river Yamuna at Old Iron Bridge in New Delhi on August 25. For the first time in 2020, water levels of the Yamuna have risen to as much as 204.38 metres and close to the river’s warning levels of 204.5 metres. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A water level meter seen in river Yamuna at Old Iron Bridge in New Delhi on August 25. For the first time in 2020, water levels of the Yamuna have risen to as much as 204.38 metres and close to the river’s warning levels of 204.5 metres. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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A mother bathes her child in the waters of Yamuna at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on August 25. Officials in the Delhi government’s Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Department told HT that the level recorded on August 26, i.e. 203.78 metres, was below the warning mark at present and is unlikely to rise unless a large amount of water is released from the Hathnikund barrage. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A mother bathes her child in the waters of Yamuna at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on August 25. Officials in the Delhi government’s Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Department told HT that the level recorded on August 26, i.e. 203.78 metres, was below the warning mark at present and is unlikely to rise unless a large amount of water is released from the Hathnikund barrage. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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A temple by the banks of the river Yamuna is partially submerged as water levels rise at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on August 25. According to Sanjeev Kumar, officer-in-charge, Flood Control there are many factors responsible for the surge in Yamuna. “During the monsoon, because of the higher volume of water in the barrage coupled with rainfall in the hilly regions, more water is released,” he told HT. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A temple by the banks of the river Yamuna is partially submerged as water levels rise at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on August 25. According to Sanjeev Kumar, officer-in-charge, Flood Control there are many factors responsible for the surge in Yamuna. “During the monsoon, because of the higher volume of water in the barrage coupled with rainfall in the hilly regions, more water is released,” he told HT. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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People fishing by the banks of Yamuna near the Signature Bridge in New Delhi on August 25. This water released high up the altitude typically takes about 36 to 72 hours to reach Delhi. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

People fishing by the banks of Yamuna near the Signature Bridge in New Delhi on August 25. This water released high up the altitude typically takes about 36 to 72 hours to reach Delhi. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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A boatman waits for customers by the banks of Yamuna as water levels rise at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on August 25. According to government officials, preparations are already underway in case a higher volume of water is released and evacuation operations need to be launched. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A boatman waits for customers by the banks of Yamuna as water levels rise at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on August 25. According to government officials, preparations are already underway in case a higher volume of water is released and evacuation operations need to be launched. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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Men seen under a bridge along the swollen Yamuna river following heavy rain at Kashmere Gate in New Delhi on August 24. “We have identified locations for pitching tents. Besides, since social distancing is the norm during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have also identified schools where people can be moved with enough space to maintain physical distance,” Kumar told HT. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

Men seen under a bridge along the swollen Yamuna river following heavy rain at Kashmere Gate in New Delhi on August 24. “We have identified locations for pitching tents. Besides, since social distancing is the norm during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have also identified schools where people can be moved with enough space to maintain physical distance,” Kumar told HT. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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A man with an umbrella walks past a dog near the banks of Yamuna in New Delhi on August 23. The Indian Meterological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of moderate to heavy rainfall in northwest India in the next 2-3 days because of the northward shifting of the monsoon trough. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

A man with an umbrella walks past a dog near the banks of Yamuna in New Delhi on August 23. The Indian Meterological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of moderate to heavy rainfall in northwest India in the next 2-3 days because of the northward shifting of the monsoon trough. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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