Yamuna flows above danger mark, Sisodia reviews evacuations
New Delhi: As the Yamuna river continued to flow above the danger mark in Delhi on Sunday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia took stock of the ongoing evacuation in low-lying areas.
Over 1,000 families had been evacuated till Sunday morning. Sisodia also visited low- lying areas around Akshardham and Pandav Nagar and urged people to move to safer places.
The river’s water level rose to 205.50 meters on Sunday due to water discharge from Haryana’s Hathnikund Barrage amid continuous rain in the catchment areas. It is expected to rise to 206.60 meters on July 31.
Haryana had released six lakh cusecs of water at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The water released at Hathnikund barrage, which provides drinking water to New Delhi, normally takes 72 hours to reach the city.
“More water is being released from the barrage every hour, which will have an impact on the Yamuna level in Delhi. We are keeping a close watch,” a Flood and Control Department official told IANS.
East Delhi’s District Magistrate K. Mahesh also visited the low-lying areas and said that the situation is under control and the government is fully prepared to tackle emergency.
“As many as 67 boats have been deployed at 23 locations. We have made arrangements to shift the affected persons to school campuses and night shelters,” the official told the media.
He said that although the river level was above the danger mark, the situation, as of now, is not worrisome. Quick response teams have been activated, the official said.
The National Disaster Relief Force too is on a standby.
“We have set up over 750 tents for about 1,000 families in East zone alone, apart from arrangements of food. We are shifting people living on the river bed to the nearest higher areas,” Nodal officer (Preet Vihar) Arun Gupta told IANS.
The evacuation started on Saturday following a rise in the water level.
Heavy rains continued to lash many parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, forcing authorities to release more water from Haryana’s Hathnikund barrage on Sunday.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday held a review meeting with officials concerned on the preparedness to tackle the flood-like situation in low-lying areas of Delhi.
The Delhi government also requested the Army to be on standby for any emergency.