Water level remain above danger mark in Yamuna as Delhi government steps in to evacuate families


The water level in Yamuna river in Delhi crossed the danger mark over the weekend posing huge threats to thousands of residents of the low lying areas of the national capital.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia visited parts of the affected areas on Sunday to take stock of the situation.

This came a day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that Haryana had released 5 lakh cusec water. He tweeted, “Haryana has released 5 lakh cusec water. Called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation. This water likely to reach Del by tomo eve. Wherever administration evacuating people, they r requested to cooperate. All depts put on high alert. For any flood related emergency, control room no is 1077.”

A report by IANS said that at least 1,000 families had been evacuated from the low-lying areas near the Yamuna till Sunday morning.

The level of the river rose to 205.46 meters on Sunday amidst water discharge from Haryana’s Hathnikund Barrage and incessant rainfall in the region. 8/4It is expected to rise further to 206.60 meters on 31 July.

The water discharged from the Hathnikund barrage, which provides drinking water to New Delhi, normally takes 72 hours to reach the city.

“More water is being released from the barrage every hour, which will have an impact on the water level of the river here. We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” a Flood and Control Department official told IANS.

“We have established over 750 tents for about 1,000 families in East zone alone. The arrangements for their food is also done. We are shifting the people living in the river bed to the nearest high area,” Nodal officer (Preet Vihar) Arun Gupta told the news agency.