Incessant rains for the last three days and water released by Haryana from Hathni Kund barrage have pushed Yamuna river’s level above the danger mark forcing the Delhi government to sound an alert. The government has alerted concerned authorities to make all preparations in view of the rising water level in Yamuna.
The Irrigation and Flood Control Department of the city 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 irrigation department said.
“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.
The water level in Yamuna is expected to rise further later today which could result in flooding of low-lying areas.
“The Water Level of River Yamuna at Delhi Railway 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.
Meanwhile, the weather department has predicted ‘heavy to very heavy rainfall’ in entire north India in the next couple of days which could result in further swelling of rivers in the region.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that a low-pressure area persisted over western Uttar Pradesh and its neighbourhood and 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.