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Yamuna Crosses Danger Mark in Delhi; Authorities Sound Alert in Low-Lying Areas

Due to heavy rains in the upper catchment area of the Yamuna River Haryana is continuously releasing waters from the Hathnikund Barrage which in turn is causing the rise in water levels in the national capital.

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Yamuna crosses danger mark in Delhi, authorities evacuate people from low lying areas (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The water level in the Yamuna River crossed the danger mark on Saturday in New Delhi, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said. Authorities sounded an alert and started evacuating people from low-lying areas. The danger mark of the river is at 205.33 metres and a flood alert is sounded when the river crosses the 204.50 metre mark.

An alert was already sounded on Tuesday by authorities in the low-lying areas after the contact rise in the water levels.

Due to heavy rains in the upper catchment area of the Yamuna River Haryana is continuously releasing waters from the Hathnikund Barrage which in turn is causing the rise in water levels in the national capital.

“The discharge rate at the Hathnikund Barrage peaked to 1.60 lakh cusecs on Tuesday afternoon, the highest this year so far,” the official said.

The Delhi Police and the East Delhi Civic body have already started evacuating people from the low lying areas.

“These people are being shifted to shelter homes of the city government in the Yamuna Pushta area,” an official said.

According to the Delhi flood control room, the discharge rate at the Hathnikund Barrage peaked to 1.60 lakh cusecs on Tuesday afternoon, the highest this year so far.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has also issued an orange alert for moderate rains in the national capital.

Haryana had been releasing water from the Yumananagr-located barrage at the rate of 19,056 cusecs at 8 am. The flow rate was 25,839 cusecs at 8 pm on Thursday.

Normally, the flow rate at the Hathnikund barrage is 352 cusec, but the discharge is increased after heavy rainfall in catchment areas.

In 2019, the flow rate had peaked to 8.28 lakh cusec on August 18-19, and the water level of the Yamuna had hit the 206.60 metre-mark, breaching the danger mark of 205.33 metres.

The Delhi government had to launch evacuation and relief operations after the overflowing river submerged many low-lying areas.

With inputs from ANI