Delhi government sounds alert after water level in Yamuna crosses danger mark, expected to rise further

New Delhi: The water level of the Yamuna river has crossed the danger mark and is expected to rise further, prompting authorities to issue an advisory to officers concerned to take appropriate measures to avoid flood-like situation, officials said.

The Yamuna water level at the Hathinikund barrage has crossed the danger mark of 90,000 cusecs and reached 2.11 lakh cusecs by 9 am.

The water level of the Yamuna river at the Delhi Railway Bridge was expected to rise further to 205.40 m from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Saturday, according to a statement issued by the East Delhi district administration.

File image of the Yamuna river. PTI

File image of the Yamuna river. PTI

"The water level of river Yamuna at Delhi Old Railway Bridge reached at 204.92 metres at 7 am on 28 July (above the warning level) and having rising trend," it said.

An alert was sounded on Thursday by the Delhi government after the water level of the Yamuna river crossed the danger mark, an official said.

"All the executive engineers/sector officers are directed to keep in close contact with the control room in relation to the discharge, water level at the Old Railway Bridge and the advisory or forecast from the Central Water Commission/MET, and requested to take appropriate measures/steps accordingly to avoid flood-like situation," it said.

"The CWC, Upper Yamuna Division, New Delhi has issued flood forecast for the Delhi Railway Bridge (North Delhi Dt NCT, Delhi). The water level of river Yamuna at Delhi Railway Bridge was 205 metres at 9 am on 28 July (warning level 204.00 m)," the advisory said.

A low-pressure area over western Uttar Pradesh and its neighbourhood persists.

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.

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Updated Date: Jul 28, 2018 16:35:46 IST

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