Heavy rains in Delhi, Yamuna water level rising

It was a traumatic start to the week for commuters Monday with heavy rains lashing the national capital.

Updated: Aug 23, 2010, 11:22 AM IST

New Delhi: Delhiites got drenched while on way to schools and offices with incessant rains lashing the national capital for the fifth consecutive day on Monday, even as the water level in Yamuna river remained above the danger mark.

The showers began at around 7.45 am as office-goers and students started from their homes to reach their respective destinations. The city received a total of 6.5 mm
rains for a period of 24 hours till 8.30 am today, Met Office said.

The city has been hit by incessant rains for the past five days, which brought with it water-logging and huge traffic jams.

As the sky opened up, vehicular movement became slow in areas like ITO, Vikas Marg, Connaught Place and AIIMS. Some people were seen parking their two-wheelers near Metro stations to reach their destinations by the new age transport system.

Yamuna is now flowing at a level of 205.19 metres, which makes it 36 cm above the danger level of 204.83 metres.
The water level is expected to increase as Haryana has released 3.5 lakh cusecs of water yesterday, which is expected to reach the national capital today.

People living close to the river bank have been evacuated and shifted to camps that have been set up in safer areas, according to officials.

Some 20 camps have been set up to provide shelter to the people affected by the rise in water level, and arrangements for medical and food facilities have been made,
an official said.
Met office said the next 24 hours are likely to see a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers, one or two of which may be heavy.