Around 7,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas on Friday after the Yamuna river breached the danger mark following heavy rains in the upper catchment areas.
On Wednesday, the Yamuna crossed the warning mark of 204.5 metres in Delhi again, officials said, with Haryana releasing more water from the Hathnikund barrage amid rains in the upper catchment areas. Around 7,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas on Friday after the river breached the danger mark of 205.33 metres due to heavy rains in the upper catchment areas.The water level had fallen below the warning mark on Monday and was at 203.96 metres at 6 pm on Tuesday.
The water level rose again around midnight and crossed the warning mark. At 7 am on Wednesday, the Delhi government’s flood control room said that it stood at 204.89 metres.
The river is likely to rise to 205.25 metres by 9 pm and remain stable thereafter, according to a forecast issued by the Central Water Commission.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that there is a very likely chance of widespread rainfall “with isolated heavy falls” over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the next two to three days.
The Yamuna river system’s catchment covers parts of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to people last week to avoid going towards the banks of the river.
People living near the floodplains and in flood-prone areas are evacuated when a flood alert is declared in Delhi and the discharge rate from the Hathnikund barrage in Haryana’s Yamuna Nagar crosses the one lakh-cusecs mark.
Flooding is considered a vulnerability for the Yamuna floodplains and low-lying areas in Delhi near the river. Around 37,000 people live in them.
Around 7,000 people were shifted to higher ground last week due to the overflowing Yamuna ,affecting low-lying areas near the river in northeast, east and southeast Delhi.
The water level at the Old Railway Bridge rose to 205.59 metres last year on July 30 when the Yamuna river breached the danger mark.
The water level of the Yamuna touched 206.60 metres on August 18-19, 2019, when the flow rate peaked at 8.28 lakh cusecs.
The river swelled to a record level of 207.49 metres in 1978. It had risen to 207.32 metres in 2013.