New Delhi, July 26: The water level in Yamuna River has crossed the danger mark and is now overflowing. At least 43 boats have been deployed for rescue and relief operations. Residents of Usmanpur have evacuated as the water level stands at 205.12. Another 3,11,190 cusec of water had been released in the Yamuna at 11 am today by the Hathini Kund Barrage. Also Read - After Morning, Rains Lash Delhi-NCR in Evening as Well; Waterlogging in Badarpur
The Yamuna river crossed the danger mark following downpour in the national capital since Thursday. The Delhi government had sounded an alert after the water level of Yamuna River increased. Also Read - Rains Lashes Delhi-NCR, Waterlogging in Parts of City; IMD Says Heat Wave Unlikely Before June 8
The East Delhi district administration released a statement last evening saying, “The Water Level of River Yamuna at Delhi Old Rly Bridge reached at 204.10 metres at 7 PM on July 27 (above the warning level) and having rising trend.”
It further added, “ll the EEs (Executive Engineers)/ sector officers are directed to keep in close contact with the control room in relation to the discharge, water level at ORB (Old Railway Bridge) and the advisory or forecast from CWC (Central Water Commission)/MET, and requested to take appropriate measures/steps accordingly to avoid flood-like situation.”
According to the Central Water Commission Official Flood Forecast, a flood forecast for Delhi Railway Bridge (North Delhi Dt NCT, Delhi) has been issued. The statement issued by the CWC, Upper Yamuna Division said, “The Water Level of River Yamuna at Delhi Rly. Bridge is expected to be 204.50 metres at 9 pm to 11 pm today, on July 28 and thereafter steady. (Warning Level 204.00 m).”
Following the flood alert, the Irrigation and Flood Control Department of the Delhi government has made preparations to evacuate people residing in the low-lying areas. Quick Response Team (QRT) vehicle and three boats have been put in service which is alerting the people staying the low-lying areas to evacuate.
Yesterday, at least 1,15,000 cusec of water was released from Haryana’s Hathini Kund Barrage. The water level at the barrage has increased alarmingly due to heavy rainfall in the catchment areas.