Flood alert for Delhi; 10,000 evacuated

Flood alert for Delhi; 10,000 evacuated

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After sounding a flood alert, the Delhi government has evacuated around 10,000 people from the low-lying area on Monday evening by different government agencies. The Yamuna river in Delhi breached the danger mark on Monday evening. “In view of the rising level of Yamuna, around 10,000 people have been evacuated from the floodplain and shifted to relief tents erected by the administration," a senior official said.

Addressing a press conference, the chief minister said that more than 23,800 people will be required to be moved out from low-lying areas, according to official estimates. Meanwhile the water level in the Yamuna river has exceeded the danger level of 204.83 meters, but is below the previous highest flood level. The current level of Yamuna river is pegged at 205 meters. But still, the release of 8.28 lakh cusecs water, the highest till date, from Haryana’s Hathnikund barrage at 6 p.m. may change the situation, an official said.

Due to rising water-level of Yamuna river, vehicle movement on 'Loha Pul' (old iron bridge) over the river has been stopped. The floodwaters have already entered the houses. Nigam Bodh cremation is all flooded, thus disrupting the last rites and posing an inconvenience. Evacuation operations have been going on a large scale with people residing along the flood-affected region of the river being moved to approximately 2,000 tents by different government agencies. Due to the flooding of the river, the Old Iron Bridge over the Yamuna has been kept closed. Parts of Delhi and NCR had witnessed three rainy days in succession that is from August 16 to 18 which made the situation worse.