Delhi on high alert as water in Yamuna surges, Kejriwal keeps stock of situation
New Delhi : Delhi has been put on high alert as water in Yamuna river is inching towards the danger mark. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is taking stock of the situation and has asked the government departments to stay prepared to tackle the situation.
“Water level (of Yamuna river) is expected to cross the danger mark, today evening. Water can reach here during the next two days with full force, all our officers and ministers are monitoring the situation 24x7,” the chief minister said at the meeting, according to ANI.
In last two days, excessive rains in the northern states of India have killed over 30 people. The hill states of Himachal Pradesh, with 23 deaths, and Uttarakhand, with 7 deaths, have borne the brunt of the rain fury. Three people have died in Punjab.
According to a news report, the administration has started evacuating around 10,000 people to the safer places as Delhi may face flood like situation if the rain continues.
“Water is being released from the Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana. The water discharged from Hathni Kund Barrage normally takes 72 hours to reach the capital” said an official of the irrigation and flood control department.
The Yamuna’s water level at 10 am today was 204.8m. Officials apprehend that the level could soon cross the danger mark of 205.3m. In 2018 it went up to 206.05m. The highest water level recorded was in 1978 when it reached 207.4 m.
“People are usually evacuated when the water level rises beyond the danger mark during monsoons. Focus is on six districts along the Yamuna,” said an SDM of one of the districts.