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Yamuna River Breaches Danger Mark in Delhi

by Mahima Bhatnagar
Yamuna River

According to Delhi Government officials, Yamuna River is flowing above the danger mark in Delhi on 19th August, 2019. This has prompted the concerned authorities to evacuate the people living in the low lying areas along Yamuna in Delhi. More than 10,000 people have been evacuated till now. Concerning the rising water level of Yamuna River, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal  has said that water level of Yamuna River is likely to rise with the discharge of 1.43 lakh cusec water from Hathnikund Barrage from Haryana.

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People are facing flood like situations 

Water level in Yamuna crossed the warning mark in the morning on 19th August, 2019. The water level in Yamuna at the old Railway Bridge was 204.88 meters while the danger mark is at 204.5 meters.  As the water level has crossed the danger mark in Yamuna, hence the old bridge was closed for the road and rail traffic by the authorities for the safety concerns.

Water of Yamuna River has entered into many houses in the low lying areas around the Yamuna River. Many families are forced to shift to the safer places. Yamuna floods have even submerged some of the pyres located on the ghats on the banks of Yamuna River. Although, the main pyre is located 8 feets above the pyres in open hence people will get atleast some relief to perform cremations. 

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Delhi Government taking the best possible steps

 Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has addressed people and said that there is no need to panic. Only the people living in the low lying areas are required to move to the temporary shelters till water levels gets lowered.  Around 2120 shelters have been set up for the people affected with flooding in Delhi. Food, water and other amenities are available at those temporary shelters for the people. Along with this, the local administration body has deployed around 30 boats to prevent accidental drowning and take people to the safer places.  Delhi CM has said that he will meet to the officials of the concerned departments to assess the situation and the kind of preparations for the safety of the people affected by floods. 

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