Water level in Yamuna remains above danger mark

Water level in Yamuna remains above danger mark New Delhi: Yamuna on Monday remained well above the danger mark and is set to go up further as Haryana released over 2.5 lakh cusec of water even as government announced plans to build walls on the river banks to protect the low-lying areas from flooding.

The water level had come down to 205.39 metres in the morning but again went up to 205.45 metres in the evening which is 62 cm above the danger mark of 204.83 metres, said a senior official of the flood control department.

He said the water level may go up tomorrow as Haryana released 2.65 lakh cusecs of water which is likely to reach the city by tomorrow evening.

The neighbouring state has already released over 11 lakh cusecs of water into Yamuna in the last five days resulting in the rise in its level. The water level had touched 206.78 metres on Saturday evening.

Though the water level has come down, nearly 4000 people from low lying areas are still staying in several relief camps set up by Delhi Government.

Meanwhile, Flood Control Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said the government will build walls along the bank of the river in Tipti colony and some other areas to protect them from flood in future.

He hoped that people living in the relief camps will be able to go back to their homes in four to five days time.

The rising river had flooded several localities of east Delhi including Garhi Mandu, Usmanpur Pusta, Jagatpur Village and Shastri Nagar but the situation improved significantly today although water logging was reported from several areas in East Delhi due to heavy rains.

Flood water had also entered areas like Yamuna Vihar, Madanpur, Sonia Vihar, Nigambodh, Jaitpur, Tibet Market and Yamuna Bazar.