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Yamuna Expected To Cross Danger Level

PTI 17 Aug 2011, 7:41:46 IST

New Delhi, August 17:  Threat of floods in certain areas of east Delhi loomed large as water level in Yamuna rose Tuesday following release of over six lakh cusecs of water into the river by Haryana, prompting Delhi government to take several precautionary measures.

Fearing a flood-like situation, the city government appealed to people living in low-lying areas to move to safer places and directed concerned agencies to coordinate their efforts in combating any eventualities.

Delhi revenue and flood control minister A K Walia, after a meeting with the senior officials of various agencies, said a total of 6.22 lakh cusecs of water was released from Hathini Kund barrage in Haryana into Yamuna.

He said water level in Yamuna has touched 203.64 metres and it may cross the danger level of 204.83 metres soon.

In the meeting, Walia took stock of the situation and directed divisional commissioner, deputy commissioners and officials of the irrigation and flood control department to closely monitor the situation and asked them to evacuate people from low-lying areas.

”We may have a flood like situation when the water discharged by Haryana reaches here,” Walia said.

He said control rooms have been activated in several areas and government has made all the arrangements and is ready with men and material to address any eventuality of any kind of breach.

”It is expected that Yamuna will cross the danger level and may go upto 206.0 metres causing floods in several areas,” said an official. PTI