Water level in Yamuna river stays over danger mark for fourth consecutive day, evacuation process still ongoing

More than 10,000 people have been evacuated due to rising water levels and shifted to safer places, and 1,149 tents have been set up to accommodate them.

Press Trust of India July 31, 2018 14:58:09 IST
Water level in Yamuna river stays over danger mark for fourth consecutive day, evacuation process still ongoing

New Delhi:  Water level in the Yamuna river continued to rise and stayed over the danger mark for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday even as more than 10,000 people have been evacuated to safer places. The river was flowing at 206.04 metres on Tuesday afternoon with the danger mark being 204.83 metres, officials said, adding the water level is expected to rise further.

Water level in Yamuna river stays over danger mark for fourth consecutive day evacuation process still ongoing

A man shifts from his submerged shanty at Yamuna Khadar after the water level of Yamuna river rises in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI

More than 10,000 people have been evacuated due to rising water levels and shifted to safer places, a government official said. A total of 1,149 tents have been set up to accommodate the evacuated people. Food and medical help are also being extended to them, he added.

Meanwhile, discharge from the Hathani Kund Barrage rose further as water was being released at intervals, the Delhi government's flood control room said. It was 5,13,554 cusecs on Monday. Amid the crisis, Revenue, Flood and Irrigation Minister Kailash Gahlot visited the affected areas on Monday and asked officials to ensure proper arrangements for the evacuated people. Traffic movement on the Old Yamuna Bridge remains affected as it was closed after the water level in the river rose on Sunday, the traffic police said.

The bridge serves as a major connectivity link between Delhi and the neighbouring states. The highest water level recorded at the ridge was 207.49 metres in 1978. It was 207.11 metres in 2010 and 207.32 metres in 2013, according to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority.

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