Yamuna water level continuously rising; Old Yamuna Bridge in Delhi closed

29 July 2018, 09:15 PM
Yamuna water level continuously rising; many evacuated (Photo: Twitter)
Yamuna water level continuously rising; many evacuated (Photo: Twitter)

The Yamuna water level is likely to go up further on Sunday as Haryana released over six lakh cusecs of water from the Hathni Kund Barrage into the river and the Delhi government had ordered to close the traffic movement on Old Yamuna Bridge in Delhi as the water level in the Yamuna river continued to rise due to rains.

The Yamuna water level was 205.5 on Sunday, which was still rising.

District Magistrate of East Delhi, K Mahesh, issuing an order to ban the traffic movement on the bridge said there was an impending danger of floods due to the unprecedented rise in the water level and could also lead to loss of life and property.

East Delhi ADM Ajay Kumar said people were being evacuated and had set up relief camps.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held an emergency on Saturday and directed all departments to be on high alert.

On Saturday, several people were evacuated from the low-lying areas.

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“Over 10,000 persons have been affected. People earlier living on the river bed and low-lying areas are being shifted out,” IANS quoted Preet Vihar Nodal officer Arun Gupta as saying.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday took stock of the ongoing evacuation work in the low-lying areas of the city.

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“Sisodia took stock of the ongoing evacuation work in the low-lying areas around Akshardham and Pandav Nagar,” an official said.

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The deputy CM met the people and urged them to move to safer places, cautioning about the rising level of the Yamuna river.

First Published: Sunday, July 29, 2018 05:12 PM

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