Delhi Flood Alert: Yamuna River Crosses Danger Mark, Is Swelling Further; Evacuation Process On

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Delhi Flood Alert: Yamuna River Crosses Danger Mark, Is Swelling Further; Evacuation Process On

The Yamuna River is the lifeline of Delhi. But this lifeline has brought fear to the minds of the people after the city witnessed heavy rainfall. On Monday, Yamuna crossed the 205.33-metre danger line. At 11 p.m. yesterday, the level was 206.04 mm. As a result, the capital’s Orange alarm was sounded by the Flood Control Department. The evacuation process and closure of an old bridge have been announced. 

Delhi Flood Alert: Yamuna River Crosses Danger Mark

The Yamuna in Delhi has risen above the 206-metre evacuation threshold, forcing residents of flood-prone regions to move to safer locales. Officials announced on Tuesday that the Old Railway Bridge would be closed to both road and rail traffic.

The water level at the Old Railway Bridge increased from 205.4 metres at 5 pm on Monday to 206.38 metres at 12 pm on Tuesday, according to the Central Water Commission’s (CWC) flood-monitoring portal. This happened after Haryana released more water into the Yamuna from the Hathnikund barrage in Yamunanagar.

People living in the low-lying areas near Yamuna are now relocating to a safer place as the line has been crossed. Delhi’s Chief Minister had announced that the evacuation process would begin as soon as the river crossed the mark of 206 metres. 

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Delhi Records Its Highest Rainfall

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Road and train traffic at the Old Yamuna Bridge has been suspended out of caution, according to the officials.

Arvind Kejriwal stated in a press conference on Monday that while a flood-like situation is improbable in the nation’s capital, the city government is ready to handle any occurrence. 16 control centres have been put up to keep an eye on the water level of Yamuna river and flood-prone districts.

The 24-hour period ending at 8:30 am on Sunday saw Delhi get its highest amount of rain (153 mm) in a single July day since 1982. The situation worsened when 107 mm of rain fell on the city in the following 24 hours.

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