The water level of Yamuna river in the national capital crossed the danger mark of 205.33 meters on Friday evening following heavy rains in the upper catchment areas. The officers provided this information. The administration is preparing a plan to evacuate people living in low-lying areas as the water level has crossed the danger mark.
The water level of Yamuna river reached 205.38 meters at 4 pm on Friday evening, the Delhi Flood Control Room said, adding that it had issued a warning on Thursday night. According to the flood control room, the water level on the old railway bridge was 203.86 meters at 8 am on Friday, which rose to 205.29 meters by 3 pm.
A flood warning is declared in Delhi when the volume of water released from the Hathnikund barrage in Yamuna Nagar crosses one lakh cusecs. With this, people living in submerged areas and flood prone areas are shifted to safer places, an official said.
In a warning issued by the Flood Control Department on Thursday, all sector officers have been advised to take necessary steps at sensitive points like deployment of required number of rapid action forces to keep a vigil in their respective areas and warn people living near river embankments. was given.
In view of the possibility of flood in low-lying areas, the administration and Irrigation and Flood Control Department have deployed 34 boats and mobile pumps.
East Delhi District Magistrate Anil Banka said, “About 37,000 people living in the floodplains and low-lying areas of Yamuna in Delhi are likely to be hit by the floods. We have shared a flood control plan with all concerned departments.
“We are urging people to move to safer places. If the water level crosses the level of 206 meters, then we will start efforts to remove them. It could happen this evening or tomorrow morning.
The flood control room had reported about 2.21 lakh cusecs of water to be released from Hathnikund barrage in Yamunanagar district of Haryana at 3 pm on Thursday and around 1.55 lakh cusecs at 12 midnight. One cusec is equal to 28.32 liters per second.
Normally the flow rate at Hathnikund barrage is 352 cusecs, but the water flow increases after heavy rains in the catchment areas. It usually takes two to three days for the water released from the barrage to reach the capital.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy to very heavy rains occurred at some places in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. On July 30 last year, the water level of Yamuna crossed the danger mark and the water level on the old railway bridge reached 205.59 metres.