Yamuna still above danger mark

August 27th, 2010 - 1:18 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) The fear of floods still loomed large over low lying areas in the capital with the Yamuna continuing to flow above the danger mark Friday.
“The water level in Yamuna is still at Thursday’s 205.77 metres,” an official at the Delhi flood control room told IANS.

The river crossed the danger level of 204.8 late Friday night.

About 71,675 cusecs of water was released in the Yamuna from Hathnikund barrage upstream in Haryana Thursday morning but over one lakh cusecs was released in the Yamuna Barrage and Okhla Barrage.

“More water has been released by Haryana since Thursday morning. The water level may slightly rise but nothing to worry, as we have taken all precautions to tackle the situation,” the official said.

Nearly 1,500 people living in low-lying areas were Sunday evacuated and shifted to relief camps set up by the government in Usmanpur, Garhimandu, Badarpur Khadar, ISBT bridge, Shakarpur, Akshardham temple, old Yamuna bridge, Geeta Colony and Okhla.

A control room has been set up to monitor the situation round-the-clock.

“The Delhi government is fully geared up to meet any situation of flood due to increase in water level in Yamuna. About 150 technical staff members are monitoring the level of the Yamuna,” the official said.

Besides, 63 boats along with over 50 divers and a team of the disaster management force have been deployed near the banks of the river, he said.

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