Yamuna above danger mark; flood threat looms

The water level in Yamuna has crossed the danger mark in Delhi threatening to flood low-lying areas.

New Delhi: The Yamuna river continued to flow above the danger mark in the capital on Saturday, threatening to flood low-lying areas along its banks, an official said.

The water level of the Yamuna stood at 205 metres today, after the release of water from the Hathnikund barrage upstream in Haryana while rains continued to lash the city since morning.

The river crossed the danger level of 204.8 metres late Friday night.

"The water level in the Yamuna is rising since Friday, prompting the flood control room to sound an alert," said an official at the flood control department.

People in low-lying areas of Usmanpur, Shastri Park, Bhajanpura, Yamuna Bazar and Gandhi Nagar have been warned about the rising water level.

The flood and irrigation department said Haryana released 2.08 lakh cusecs of water on Thursday, aggravating the situation. The river was in spate after days of incessant rains caused the water level to rise.

"There is no need to panic as the situation is under control. Officials of the flood control department are monitoring the situation. Flood control rooms have been set up in 25 locations along the danger zone," the official added.

Rains cripple Delhi

Life was hit hard in the Indian capital on Saturday as heavy rains lashing since early Saturday flooded several roads, causing umpteen traffic jams, residents and motorists said.

Road traffic was the worst affected due to the rains, which the weatherman said would continue during the day.

The Delhi Traffic Police reported numerous jams all over the city after choked drains -- blamed partly on Commonwealth Games construction work -- flooded roads.

At many traffic junctions, harried traffic policemen drenched in rain guided motorists struggling to wade through slushy water.

It was the third consecutive day of monsoon rains in Delhi.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the city got 31.7 mm of rainfall from Friday morning till 8.30 am on Saturday.

The capital has received a total 617 mm of rainfall this monsoon.