Several low-lying areas in Delhi still inundated

Last Updated: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 11:35

New Delhi: Several low-lying areas in Delhi remained inundated on Friday even as the water level in Yamuna river, which is flowing well above the danger mark, receded.

The water level in Yamuna was at 206.14 metres at 9 am this morning, and according to the forecast it is expected to come down to 205.85 metres by this evening.

The river, however, is still flowing well above the danger mark of 204.83 metres.

The Inter-State Bus Terminal at Kashmiri Gate has been partially submerged, and operations there were affected as waters entered the complex.

Haryana, meanwhile released another 83,000 cusecs of water today.

The water level in Yamuna had crossed the 207-metre mark for first time in 32 years on Wednesday submerging several areas including Garhi Mandu, Usmanpur Pusta, Jagatpur
Village and Shastri Nagar, Yamuna Vihar, Madanpur, Sonia Vihar, Nigambodh, Jaitpur, Tibet Market and Yamuna Bazar.

The waters began receding yesterday and the level was recorded at 206.48 metres at 9 pm last night.

The government has shifted hundreds of people from low-lying areas to relief camps.

A senior official said over 3,500 people have already been shifted to relief camps set up by the government following the flood threat last week.

The city had witnessed massive floods in the year 1978 when water level in Yamuna had touched 207.49 metre.

The water level in Yamuna has gone up in the last few days as rain-battered Haryana has been constantly releasing huge quantity of water from Hathnikund barrage.

In the last 40 years, the city had witnessed floods in 1967, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1988, 1995 and 1998 but the flood in 1978 was of serious nature as it had inundated many
areas in the city.

PTI



First Published: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 11:35

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