Yamuna crosses danger mark in Delhi, recedes in Haryana
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 13, 2009, 18:20
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The rain-swollen Yamuna river crossed the danger mark on Sunday, increasing the risk of floods in the low-lying areas along its banks, an official said.

However, Yamuna level receding in Haryana, with some regions in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh receiving scant rainfall.

"The water has reached 205.17 metres, which is well above the danger mark of 204.83 metres," an official of the flood control department informed.

He said the water level in the river is expected to rise to 205.45 metres. The water level had crossed 204 metres Saturday, prompting the flood control room to sound an alert.

"Civic agencies have been told to evacuate people from low-lying areas," said a Delhi government official.

A flood warning was sounded in the capital Friday after continuous rainfall pushed up the water level in the Yamuna. Haryana also released over 400,000 cusecs of water into the river upstream.

Last year, the water level reached 206 metres, leading to the evacuation of people from slum clusters along the river bank.

The Delhi government has said it is fully prepared to tackle any situation.

"We have boats for rescue operations. Relief camps are also being set up in various areas. All the necessary arrangements have been taken care of. Delhi has thousands of people living in low-lying areas near the Yamuna," said a Delhi government official.

Yamuna level receding in Haryana

Meanwhile, with some regions in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh receiving scant rainfall, the water level of seasonal Yamuna river started receding today.

Yamuna river, had swollen on Thursday night and around 4.90 lakh cusecs of water passed through Hathni Kund barrage in Yamuna Nagar district, inundating near-by areas in four districts of Haryana, is now flowing at normal levels, officials said.

This morning around 70,000 cusecs of water from the river passed through the barrage as against 4.90 lakh cusecs on Thursday night, Hathni Kund barrage Executive Engineer S N Bhardwaj said.

"Presently the situation at the Hathni kund barrage is normal and no extra water is coming from hills of Himachal Pradesh," he said.

Meanwhile, standing kharif crops, including vegetables, in about 50 acres of agricultural land were inundated in Sonepat district of Haryana following a breach in the 'Nehri Canal' minor last night, officials said here.

A report said that a bridge collapsed in Sonepat during the incessant rains snapping the road link between five villages in rain block of the district.

Around a dozen villages in Chachrauli and Radaur blocks of Yamuna Nagar are submerged in waters, officials said.

"At Bega complex in Sonepat district, the Yamuna river is still in spate keeping the irrigation officials on toes," an official added. Meanwhile, some parts of Haryana and Punjab received rains this morning, the met office said.

While Karnal received two mm of rainfall, Chandigarh was drenched by 1.8 mm of rains.

Rohtak in Haryana and Patiala in Punjab received 1.2 mm of rainfall. Ambala in Haryana was drenched by 0.2 mm of rainfall.

After morning showers, most places in the region had a bright sunshine bringing respite from the torrential rains since the past about four days.

The met office has also predicted a respite from rains as the weather during the next 48 hours is likely to be dry.

IANS inputs

First Published: Sunday, September 13, 2009, 18:20

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