Fear of floods in Delhi, across Yamuna, Kejriwal called an emergency meeting in Delhi

Delhi flood alert.
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Eight lakh cusecs of water released on Sunday from the Hathinikund barrage in Yamunanagar, Haryana is fast reaching Delhi. In such a situation, the danger of flooding in Delhi has started looming. The situation is expected to worsen in the next 24 hours, as the water level of Yamuna in Haryana is increasing rapidly.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government convened an emergency meeting to review the situation and discuss flood measures, in view of the flood situation by the ruling Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi. The meeting will be chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal himself. All the concerned officials have been asked to be present in this meeting.

The water level at the Old Delhi Railway Bridge at 8 am was 204.56 meters, but at 9 o’clock it rose to 204.70. Yamuna has already crossed its warning message 204.50 meters. Officials are hoping that by Monday night Yamuna will cross its danger mark 205.33.

The Delhi government has already issued a flood warning for the National Capital Region on Sunday. Along with this, people living in low-lying areas have been asked to move to a safer place, as the water level of Yamuna river is expected to cross the danger mark on Monday. The officials gave information about this. The water level in the Yamuna river reached 203.37 meters on Sunday evening, officials said, adding that it is expected to rise to 207 meters by Monday as 8 lakh 28 thousand cusecs of water was released from Hathini Kund barrage in Haryana at 6 pm.

Water level rising in Yamuna,
89 lakh 3 thousand 960 cusecs of water has been released from the Hathni Kund barrage of Haryana in Yamuna on Sunday in 14 hours. Maximum eight lakh 43 thousand 397 cusecs of water has been released at five o’clock in the evening. This water will reach Delhi in 36 hours. In such a situation, there are chances of flooding in Yamuna when the water reaches Delhi. The water level of Yamuna in Delhi is currently 1.15 meters below the warning level (204.50 meters). However, in view of the prevailing situation, the Irrigation and Flood Control Department has issued a warning, because there may be water in the low lying area of ​​Yamuna.

The water level in Yamuna in Haryana is 203.35 meters, which is below 1.98 meters from the danger mark (205.33). For this reason, more than six lakh cusecs of water is being released from Hathini Kund Barrage after 1 pm every hour. More than eight-eight lakh cusecs of water has been released at five and six in the evening. This water will reach Delhi on Tuesday. In such a situation, there is bound to be a boom in the Yamuna in Delhi. Therefore, the Department of Flood and Irrigation Control has become active.

District Collector of Eastern District Deepak Shinde on Sunday appealed to the people living in Khadar areas to vacate the area. Also asked people not to go along the river. Deepak Shinde said that the Department of Irrigation and Flood Control has created a control room in the office of the Eastern District Magistrate, Geeta Colony, which will work for 24 hours. Helpline number 011-22051234 has also been issued for emergency, anyone can get information related to water level. If a person is trapped in flood, he can call this number and get help. He said that the police have been instructed not to let anyone go around and around the Yamuna. The administration team is making money to evacuate Khadar areas. He said that there is no flood situation yet, but it may happen in the coming days.

People will stay in these relief camps, late Sunday evening, a meeting of officials of Eastern District was held. In this, the District Magistrate instructed all the SDMs to make the people living in their area safe. Reach Khadar areas early in the morning and evacuate people from there. On the instructions of the District Magistrate, relief camps started on Pushta Road at night.

If the Yamuna floods, thousands of people living in other Khadar areas including Osmanpur Purana village, Garhi Madu, Kashmiri Gate, Loha Wala Bridge, Gandhi Nagar, Geeta Colony, Kishan Kunj, Mayur Vihar will be affected. Arun Gupta, Additional District Magistrate of Eastern District, said that the areas of eastern district are affected the most, where five thousand people live in Khadar areas. For these relief camps are being set up at Mayur Vihar, Gandhi Nagar, NH-9 and other places, people living in the camp will also be given food from the administration.

People have been appealed to take necessary goods and evacuate the Khadar area. He told that ten gates of Kalindi Kunj barrage were open till Sunday, as the water level of Yamuna will rise, similarly other gates will be opened after sitting review so that there will not be much impact of flood in Delhi.