Rive Yamuna crosses danger mark, alert sounded


New Delhi: Water released from Haryana’s Hathnikund added to the continued rains have led the Yamuna river to breach its danger-level mark here on Saturday.

Preparations are now on to evacuate people residing in low-lying areas.

The Yamuna river’s water level in Delhi crossed the warning mark of 204.83 metres by 10 a.m., an official said.

“At 10 a.m. the water level increased to 205.06 metres,” an official from Irrigation and Flood Control Department told IANS on Saturday.

At 9 a.m., Haryana discharged more than 2,11,874 cusecs of water from Hathnikund barrage — which is used for drinking purposes in Delhi — and more water will be released later, the official said.

The department has made announcements for people to evacuate the low-lying areas and preparations have begun.

The Central Water Commission had issued an advisory on the water level.

“The Yamuna’s level at the Delhi railway bridge is expected to reach 204.5 metres between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Saturday,” CWC said.

The forecast will change, depending on the release of water from Wazirabad and Okhla barrages, it added.