Yamuna river water levels further recede

New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): Water level of the River Yamuna further receded on Monday, but there were fears that it may go up again as Haryana released over 1.5 lakh cusecs of water into the river.

The water level came down to 205.39 metres, which is still 56 cm above the danger mark of 204.83 metres.

According to official of the flood control department, the water level may go up by Tuesday after Haryana released 1.5 lakh cusecs of water.

Haryana has already released nearly 10.5 lakh cusecs of water into Yamuna in last five days resulting in rise in its level.

The Old Yamuna Bridge, which was shut for road and rail traffic, was opened for rail traffic on Sunday night.

Due to the closure of the bridge, 23 trains were cancelled, 42 were terminated or originated short of destination while 37 trains were diverted up to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Meanwhile, locals staying close to Yamuna river heaved a sigh of relief after the water started receding.

Nearly 2,000 families had to be evacuated after the gushing waters inundated several low-lying areas.

"We had to close our shops, as too much water had flown in the past two days. We have incurred heavy losses. We were helpless, its nature's fury, and we have to face it. But now, its good that the water has receded. We can start our business from tomorrow," Sonam, a shopkeeper.

"The water receded a little yesterday, but today, more water has flown in. Our houses have been destroyed, we have received no help from the authorities. We have nothing left to eat. We all are staying in a Sikh shrine," said Ram Manohar. (ANI)

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