Delhi flood threat persists as Yamuna water levels rise

New Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): With water levels of the Yamuna River rising in New Delhi, a flood threat looms over the national capital with the State Government evacuating people living in low-lying areas to safer places.

The water level is likely to rise by at least two meters above the danger mark by Saturday evening following the release of over 800,000 cusecs of water from neighbouring Haryana's Hathnikund barrage, in addition to heavy rains.

Over 100 personnel from the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed to assist local authorities.

"In the afternoon, when I crossed the bridge, the pillars were not submerged in water. The water level was less than the danger mark. But now, the pillars are submerged in the water, and the water level is above the danger mark. I think, that the water level will rise more," said Kailash Sharma, a resident.

Meanwhile, the Old Yamuna Bridge, which connects East Delhi with the heart of the national capital, was shut for rail and road traffic after water levels in the river rose.

Locals living by the riverbank have suffered incalculable damages.

"The water levels started rising in the afternoon, and in the night, the water level crossed the danger mark. The markets are closed, and on the eve of Eid, our business is down. All shops in the market are shutdown," said Sanjay Dogle, another resident.

"So, everybody here is facing the consequences. The water has even entered our houses," he added.

Playing down the imminent flood threat in the region, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had on Friday said people should not panic, and added the authorities are prepared to handle any eventuality.

"There is no need to worry. Please do not spread panic. Everything is in place and the administration is fully equipped to handle any eventuality. I was informed earlier today that some breaches have taken place in canals outside Delhi, due to which the water coming through them has also deviated to other areas," said Dikshit.

"Thus, Delhi will not suffer as much from the floods was expected. In any case, we are prepared and will take necessary action," she added.

The water level in the Yamuna rose to 206.24 meters; up by 1.41 meters from the danger mark of 204.83 meters, on Friday evening after water released from Hathanikund Barrage in Haryana reached the city. (ANI)

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