Flood alert in Delhi as Yamuna water level nears danger mark

first_imgNEW DELHI: The water level in the river Yamuna in Delhi has reached 203.37m and is expected to touch the “warning mark” of 204.5m in the next 36 hours, with the “danger mark” pegged at 205.33m, authorities said on Sunday.A total of 4,30,817 cusec water has been released from the Hathini Kund barrage in Haryana, further raising the water level of the Yamuna, which is already flowing at a dangerous level. A high alert has been sounded in the Yamuna Nagar administration of Haryana following the release of water. The catchment area has been evacuated after water entered the houses of locals living in the area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe water level at 12 noon was just 1.13m below the “warning mark”. “Water is being released from the Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana every hour,” a Flood and Control Department official said, stating around six lakh cusec water was released at noon on Sunday. On Saturday also, water was released from the barrage following heavy rains, the official said. The water discharged from Hathni Kund Barrage –which provides drinking water to Delhi –normally takes 72 hours to reach the capital, the official said. “An advisory has been issued by the department regarding the water level and the concerned agencies have been alerted. The situation is being closely monitored,” the official added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHundreds of people live along the banks of the Yamuna, and they will be moved to safer places once the water level touches the “warning mark”. Meanwhile, the national capital and its surrounding areas woke up to a light to moderate rains on Sunday morning, providing some relief from the heat. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 24°C, while the maximum temperature was 32°C. The weather station in Safdarjung recorded 8.7 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. While the Palam and Lodhi Road weather stations received 7.8 mm and 9.4 mm of rainfall respectively, the Ayanagar Observatory recorded 11.7 mm of rainfall. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rainfall is expected to lash several parts of the national capital as well as other adjoining national capital regions (NCR) in the next 24 hours. As a result, the MeT department has also issued an orange alert, which means the authorities should prepare for necessary action, in Delhi. “The current Western Disturbance is likely to cause widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi during next 24 hours,” the MeT department tweeted.last_img

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