Flood fear in Delhi; Yamuna crosses 207-m mark after 32 yrs

Flood fear gripped the capital as water level in Yamuna crosses 207-M mark for first time in 32 yrs.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 23:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Flood fear gripped several areas
of the capital as water level in Yamuna went up to over two
metres above the danger level, crossing the 207-metre mark for
first time in 32 years and forcing city government to evacuate
more people living in low-lying areas to safer places.

Authorities said the water level is expected to go up
further and may touch 207.30 metres by tomorrow afternoon but
insisted that all arrangements have been made to deal with the
situation.

"The water level in Yamuna touched 207.06 metres at 8 pm
which is 2.23 metres above the danger mark of 204.83 metres.
It will keep on rising and is likely to touch 207.30 metres
tomorrow," Chief Engineer in the Flood and Irrigation
Department V P S Tomar said.

The city 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 after Haryana
released 7.5 lakh cusec of water into it on Monday, the
highest discharge in last 100 years on a single day. The
neighbouring state had released a total of 6.53 lakh cusec of
water into the river on Sunday.

Fearing a flood-like situation, Delhi Government has
shifted people living in low-lying areas to safer places.

"We are constantly monitoring the situation and
everything is under control. We have already shifted people
living in low-lying areas," Tomar said.

The government has shifted hundreds of people from Garhi
Mandu, Usmanpur Pusta, Jagatpur Village and Shastri Nagar to
relief camps. Over 3500 people who shifted to relief camps set
up by the government following flood-threat last week, are
already staying there.

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.

Meanwhile, Railways today cancelled 22 trains in view of
the closure of the Old Yamuna bridge here and announced
diversion of 65 other trains. The cancelled trains were mostly
local trains, a Northern Railway spokesperson said.

He said 53 trains were terminated at various stations.

The Old Yamuna Bridge, connecting east Delhi with the
heart of the national capital, was shut for rail and road
traffic yesterday after water level in Yamuna rose menacingly.

PTI