Flood alert in Delhi as water level in Yamuna River nears warning level

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 18 August 2019, 08:13 PM
The water level in the Yamuna River stood at 203.07 meters on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
The water level in the Yamuna River stood at 203.07 meters on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

The Arvind Kejriwal government on Sunday sounded a flood alert in Delhi and asked people living in low-lying areas to vacate their places as the water level in Yamuna River neared warning level, officials said. The water level in the Yamuna River stood at 203.07 meters  on Sunday evening but it is expected to rise further on Monday as 8.28 lakh cusecs water was released from Haryana's Hathini Kund barrage.

"Water level in Yamuna may cross the warning level, which is 204.5 metres, on Monday," the official said, adding that people living in low-lying areas have been asked to vacate their places.

The Kejriwal govenrment have started to erect tents in nearby areas to accomodate the people living in low-lying areas, who faces imminent threat of the flood. The Aam Aadmi Party government has also called a meeting of officials to discuss all the measures to be taken in case of any flood-like situation.

In July last year, traffic movement on Old Yamuna Bridge in Delhi was closed for a few days after the water level breached the danger mark. Yamuna's water level had reached 205.5 metres last year.

First Published: Sunday, August 18, 2019 08:07 PM
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