Yamuna crosses danger mark CM urges people to evacuate

first_imgNEW DELHI: Yamuna was flowing at 205.36 metres, just above the danger mark of 205.33 metres, a Delhi government official said on Monday. A portion of the Nigambodh Ghat in east Delhi was flooded on Monday as the Yamuna river breached the danger mark in Delhi in the evening, officials said.The Old Iron Bridge over Yamuna was aslo closed for traffic movement due to raised water level in the river, officials said. “The bridge has been closed for general traffic from both sides as a precautionary measure for public safety from Monday morning till further orders,” a statement stated. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderEarlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Haryana released 8.28 lakh cusecs of water on Sunday evening and excess water will reach Delhi within 36 to 72 hours. “Water can reach here during the next two days with full force, all our officers and ministers are monitoring the situation 24×7,” the CM said. He appealed to those staying in the floodplains of Yamuna to evacuate and shift to the tents set up by the Delhi Government. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe Chief Minister also requested the people of Delhi not to panic as the government is taking all possible measures to effectively deal with the situation, which may affect residents of low lying areas in six districts (North, North East, Shahdara East, Central, and South East) where Yamuna flows through. As part of preparedness to combat the situation, the Delhi government has already started to evacuate people and take to tents on both the sides of Yamuna. So far, 2120 tents have been set- up with facilities like electricity, water, food and toilets. “Shift to the tents by 6:00 PM in the evening and not to return till water recedes, as the nature of flow in Yamuna can’t be predicted,” appealed CM Kejriwal to the people of Yamuna floodplain. He also urged the people to take care of the children as they may get into the river to play or take a bath. He recalled the instance of two deaths reported last year. “Next two days are very crucial. We are monitoring the situation”, said the Chief Minister. He also said that Delhi Government is coordinating with the Central Government and the Lieutenant Governor’s office and all concerned agencies. The entire government machinery is focused in tackling this emergency situation in the next two days as every life is precious for the government, the Chief Minister said. “Around 53 boats are ready for the rescue operations and 30 boats have been already placed in 30 locations, where higher impact of the flood is anticipated. Delhi Government has set-up an emergency contact number 22421656 and the SDM Preet Vihar the nodal officer of the control room could be contacted at 21210849,” said a senior official. The water level in the Yamuna crossed the warning mark on Monday, prompting Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to call a meeting of departments concerned to assess the situation and review arrangements in place.last_img

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