The old iron bridge over the Yamuna river has been closed by the authorities for road and rail traffic as the water level has crossed the danger mark of 205.33 meters.
New Delhi| The water level in the Yamuna river reached the danger mark on Monday evening in Delhi. taking note of the possible threat of flooding, the authorities evacuated more than ten thousand people living in low-lying areas to safe places. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that due to the release of more water from the Hathinikund dam in Haryana, the water level in the river may rise further. People living in low-lying areas have been sent relief camps. More than two thousand tents have been made by various agencies of Delhi government as relief camps.
The old iron bridge over the Yamuna river has been closed by the authorities for road and rail traffic as the water level has crossed the danger mark of 205.33 meters. “In view of the rising water level of Yamuna, about 10 thousand people have been evacuated from the low-lying areas and sent to relief tents constructed by the administration,” a senior official said.
Kejriwal said that the next two days will be ‘important’ and assured the people that all arrangements have been made to deal with the situation. He appealed people not to be afraid. The Chief Minister said in a press conference that more than 23,800 people from low-lying areas need to be removed. He asked the people living in the Yamuna river sinking area to move in relief tents.
A Delhi government official said that last evening, at around 6 PM, the water level in the river reached 205.36 meters, slightly above the danger mark of 205.33 meters. The official said that the water level is expected to rise further as Haryana released 1.43 lakh cusecs of water at 6 PM on Monday. According to the flood control room, the Yamuna was flowing at the mark of 205.54 meters at 9 PM.