New Delhi: The water level in Yamuna rose
further today prompting authorities to evacuate more people
living on the banks of the river even as Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit appealed to the citizens "not to panic".
The water level, which had crossed the danger level of
204.83 metres on Friday, touched 205.96 metres this evening as
rains continued to lash the capital for the seventh day today.
The Chief Minister visited various relief camps and
instructed officials to ensure availability of food, medicines
and proper lighting there.
"The water level is rising, but we are prepared to tackle
the situation... We are monitoring the situation
round-the-clock. All the concerned agencies are fully prepared
to meet the challenges of the flood situation," Dikshit said.
Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, government has
closed the sluice gates of 17 nullahs falling in Yamuna to
prevent rising water level. The Old Yamuna Bridge, connecting
east Delhi with the heart of the national capital, was also
shut for rail and road traffic after the water level in the
river rose dangerously.
Asking people "not to panic", Dikshit said Government was
prepared to tackle any eventuality arising out of the rising
levels of Yamuna.
Currently, over 1,400 people are taking shelter in the
169 relief camps set up in various places near low-lying areas
near Yamuna in East Delhi. Around 200 people were today
evacuated from the banks of Yamuna.
With rise in water level in Yamuna, several areas along
the river were inundated.
Flood Control Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said 57 boats,
68 divers and a unit of Disaster Management force have been
deployed to meet any eventuality.
Divisional Commissioner D M Spolia, who is looking after
the flood relief measures, said all necessary arrangements
including mobile medical teams, drinking water facilities and
and sanitary arrangements are being provided to the affected
people. A control room has also been set up to monitor the
situation, he said.
During her visit to relief camps in Usmanpur Pusta,
Dikshit interacted with the affected people and assured them
of all possible help from the government.