The water level of the Yamuna river has crossed the danger mark and is expected to rise further, prompting authorities to issue advisory to officers concerned to take appropriate measures to avoid flood-like situation, officials said today.
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. Water released from Haryana’s Hathnikund added to the continued rains have led the Yamuna river to breach its danger-level mark here on Saturday. Preparations are now on to evacuate people residing in low-lying areas.
The water level of the Yamuna river at the Delhi Railway Bridge is expected to rise further to 205.40 m from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm today, according to a statement issued by the East Delhi district administration.
“The water level of river Yamuna at Delhi Old Rly Bridge reached at 204.92 metres at 7 AM on July 28 (above the warning level) and having rising trend,” it said.
“At 10 a.m. the water level increased to 205.06 metres,” an official from Irrigation and Flood Control Department told IANS on Saturday.
The official said the “water level will increase further” but there is “no danger” right now. The current water level is 0.23 metres more than the danger mark.
An alert was sounded yesterday 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 Rly Bridge was 205 metres at 9 AM on July 28 (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.
At 9 am, Haryana discharged more than 2,11,874 cusecs of water from Hathnikund barrage — which is used for drinking purposes in Delhi — and more water will be released later, the official said.
The department has made announcements for people to evacuate the low-lying areas and preparations have begun.
465 dead in 5 states due to rains, floods
Meanwhile, as many as 465 people have lost their lives due to floods and rains in five states during the current monsoon season so far.
According to the Home Ministry’s National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), 138 people have died in Maharashtra, 125 in Kerala, 116 in West Bengal, 52 in Gujarat and 34 in Assam due to the floods and rains.
The deluges and rains have hit 26 districts in Maharashtra, 22 in West Bengal, 21 in Assam, 14 in Kerala and 10 in Gujarat so far.
In Assam, 10.17 lakh people borne the brunt of rains and floods, of which 2.17 lakh were living in relief camps.
Twelve teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were engaged in rescue and relief operations in Assam, the NERC said.
A team of the NDRF comprises 45 personnel.
A total of 1.61 lakh people were affected by rains and floods in West Bengal where eight NDRF teams were deployed.
In Gujarat, 15,912 people were evacuated to safer locations after they were hit by floods and rains. 11 NDRF teams were positioned in the state.
In Kerala, the flood impacted 1.43 lakh people. The state registered 125 deaths due to heavy rains, while nine people are missing.
Four NDRF teams were deployed for rescue and relief operations in the southern state, while three were stationed in Maharashtra, which was battered by heavy rains. (Agencies)