Yamuna recedes, but many areas submerged; ISBT under water

The water level in the Yamuna began receding today, slightly improving the flood-like situation in several low-lying areas along its banks although the river continued to flow well above the danger mark.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 23:01 PM IST

New Delhi: The water level in the Yamuna
began receding today, slightly improving the flood-like
situation in several low-lying areas along its banks although
the river continued to flow well above the danger mark.

Though the situation has improved in many localities but
still several areas in east Delhi remained inundated including
the Inter-State Bus Terminal in Kashmiri Gate due to which
bus services in the station has come to a halt.

The water level in the river had crossed the 207-metre
mark for first time in 32 years yesterday 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 water level receded to 206.48 metres at 9 pm from
yesterday`s 207.06 metres. It is expected to recede further,"
an official from the Flood Control Department said. The river,
however, is flowing well above the danger mark of 204.83
metres.

The government has already 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 flood threat last week.

Flood Control Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan visited several
affected areas and directed officials to ensure proper food,
medicine and drinking water to the people living in relief
camps. "The situation is totally under control and there is
no reason to worry," he said.

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 Hathinikund barrage. The
neighbouring state has released nearly 3.5 lakh cusec of water
into the river today.

A transport department official said the operation at
the ISBT in Kashmiri Gate has to be closed down totally due to
almost waist-deep flood waters in the complex.

Several areas along the Ring Road have also been
inundated by the flood water. Asked about any threat to the
Games Village, officials ruled out any such possibilities.

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