Yamuna crosses warning mark, flood alert in Delhi

Yamuna, warning level, flood warning, Indian home ministry
A bridge over the Yamuna near ITO, Delhi.

New Delhi - The level is likely to cross the danger mark soon.



By IANS

Published: Mon 19 Aug 2019, 2:23 PM

Last updated: Mon 19 Aug 2019, 6:32 PM

The Yamuna river on Monday crossed the warning mark of 204.50m and was set to breach the danger mark of 205.33m in the evening, forcing authorities to ask people living in low-lying areas to evacuate to safer places.

A union home ministry spokesman said the river's water level was expected to cross the danger level around 6pm India time, inundating areas along its banks. And by Wednesday, the level would touch 207m, the ministry said.

The Delhi government said that it was on an alert mode in tandem with the Centre.

A Delhi government statement said Haryana had released 8.28 lakh cusecs of water from the Hathni Kund barrage.

This water was set to reach Delhi "with full force" in the next two days, Kejriwal said, after presiding over a meeting of senior officials.

Authorities halted traffic on one of the old bridges that connect Delhi with its eastern wing amid the rising water level.

People living in low-lying areas have been asked to shift to tents pitched on higher ground.


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