Yamuna level rising in Delhi

August 17th, 2011 - 1:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Water level of the Yamuna river here reached close to the danger mark Wednesday morning and the authorities evacuated the low-lying areas following water release from Haryana’s Hathini Kund dam, an official said.

“The water level has increased to 204.64 metres, expected to reach the danger mark of 204.83 metres. We are keeping the emergency plans prepared,” said an official from the central control room at Gandhi Nagar in east Delhi.

Around 6,22,000 cusecs of water was released from Hathini Kund Tuesday, resulting in a serious flood-like situation in Delhi.

Irrigation and flood department control rooms will be working along the marginal bunds on both sides of the Yamuna, Delhi Revenue Minister A.K. Walia said Tuesday.

Fifty-six boats and many pumps have also been pressed into service.

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