New Delhi, July 26: The water level in Yamuna River is not receding and it continues to flow above danger mark. As of now, the water level stands at 205.44 and it is expected that it will reach 205.7 till evening. With the constant increase in the level of water, it is likely that the water level reaches 206.7 till tonight. Meanwhile, over 500 people have been evacuated from the low-lying areas near Yamuna river.Also Read - Delhi, Nearby Areas Witness 'Satisfactory' Air Quality As Heavy Rain Lashes Region
Following the increase in the water level in Yamuna, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal held an emergency meeting with the chief secretary and the flood control department on Saturday. He also said that the water is expected to flood Delhi by evening today and that people may call the control room helpline 1077 for any flood-related emergency. Also Read - Heavy Rains In Delhi-NCR Leave Several Areas Waterlogged, More High-Intensity Rain Expected
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The Delhi government will be making public announcements tomorrow to spread awareness among the people about Yamuna crossing the danger level mark. The government has also identified around 15 vulnerable areas where the water levels are on the danger mark.
The Yamunanagar district administration sounded a high alert as the water level in the Yamuna river crossed the danger mark following Haryana releasing around 5 lakh cusecs of water and the continuous rainfall in both Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The district administration said that all the necessary arrangements have been made to tackle the situation.
Almost 5 lakh cusecs of water was released from Haryana’s Hathini Kund barrage last evening. At least 43 boats were pressed into service for rescue and relief operations.