New Delhi, July 27: The water level of the Yamuna river is likely to touch the warning mark of 204 metres by 10 AM on Saturday, a Flood Control Department told IANS on Friday. The danger mark is higher at 204.83 metres. “On Thursday, 1.36 lakh cusecs of water was released from the Hathnikund Barrage in Haryana and another 83,241 cusecs were released on Friday. The water level at the barrage had increased alarmingly due to heavy rainfall in the catchment areas,” the official said.Also Read - Amid Blistering Heatwave, Delhi Grapples With Water Crisis in Several Areas | Details Here

Following which, the Delhi government has sounded an alert. The Irrigation and Flood Control Department has made preparations to evacuate 100 people residing in low-lying areas.  “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,” a statement issued by the East Delhi district administration said. “All 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,” it said. Also Read - Yamuna Will be Clean by Dec 2023; Delhi Govt To Soon Invite People To Take Dip In Any Stretch Of River

“Our men are on the field through QRT (Quick Response Team) vehicle and three boats have been pressed into service today which are making announcements for people to evacuate the low-lying areas and also telling them the do’s and don’ts in floods,” the statement added. Also Read - What Does River Rejuvenation Detailed Project Report For 13 Rivers Envisage? Explained

The Central Water Commission (CWC) has issued a flood warning for tomorrow following the rising water level of the Yamuna River. It said the water level is expected to rise 204.50 metres between 9 pm to 11 pm tomorrow. “CWC, Upper Yamuna Division, New Delhi has issued flood forecast for Delhi Railway Bridge (North Delhi Dt NCT, Delhi). The Water Level of River Yamuna at Delhi Rly. Bridge is expected to be 204.50 metres at 2100 to 2300 hours on July 28 and thereafter steady. (Warning Level 204.00 m),” the Central Water Commission Official Flood Forecast said on its Twitter handle.  “The above flood forecast may be affected by the release of discharge from Wazirabad Barrage and Okhla Barrage,” it said. The water from the barrage — which is used for drinking purposes in Delhi — normally takes 72 hours to reach the national capital, he said.

A low-pressure area persists over western Uttar Pradesh and its neighbourhood. This system will bring widespread rainfall with isolated ‘heavy to very heavy rainfall’ over Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and northwest Madhya Pradesh during the next two days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

(With agency inputs)