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Yamuna Breaches Danger Mark in Delhi, Flood Alert Issued The river breached the danger mark of 204.83 meters at 10 am after Haryana released 1,15,000 cusec of water

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A FLOOD alert has been issued in Delhi after the Yamuna river crossed the danger mark following incessant rains in the catchment areas led to the release of water from a barrage in Haryana.

The river breached the danger mark of 204.83 meters at 10 am after Haryana released 1,15,000 cusec of water last night from its Hathini Kund Barrage.

This was after continuous rainfall in the hilly catchment areas of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh led to a rapid rise in the water levels at the barrage. Around, 3,11,190 cusec of water was released again this morning after which the danger level was breached at the Yamuna river in Delhi.

“Water level in Yamuna near the Old Railway Bridge is expected to reach 205.4 metres between 9-11 pm today. It has crossed the danger level. We have started making announcements in low-lying areas,” Arun Gupta, Sub-Divisional Magistrate of East Delhi, told news agency ANI.

The state government has alerted people living in low-lying areas along the banks of the river to take precautions and evacuate where necessary and the National Disaster Response Force has kept boats and its first responders on standby.

Tech giant Google has also issued a public alert warning of a ‘Severe Flood Situation’ for Yamuna at the Old Railway Bridge.

The last worst flooding in Delhi was in 1978 when the water level had touched 207.49 metres flooding villages and slums in the low-lying areas and even the posh New Friends Colony.

The situation in 2010 had come close to breaking that record with continuous rains and heavy discharge of water by Haryana had given the city the jitters days ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

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