Delhi is on high alert as the Yamuna River has once again breached the danger mark, reaching a water level of 205.81 meters at 7 am today. The swelling of the river is a result of discharging over 2 lakh cusecs of water from the Hathnikund Barrage due to heavy rainfall in parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
The Central Water Commission has issued a warning that the water level is expected to breach 206.7 meters, prompting the evacuation of residents living in low-lying areas by 4 pm today. The commission also anticipates the water level to remain steady. This situation is expected to impact the relief and rehabilitation efforts in the flood-affected areas of the national capital.
The Delhi government is closely monitoring the situation and has taken proactive measures to ensure the safety of the residents. Special preparations have been made in the central and eastern districts, as well as areas near the Yamuna River, such as Yamuna Bazar and Yamuna Khadar.
In addition to Delhi, neighboring areas like Noida have also been affected, with water entering houses due to the rising water level in the Hindon River. Around 1,000 people were evacuated in Ghaziabad as the flow of the Hindon river increased significantly in the last 48 hours.
Given the heavy rainfall in states upstream, including Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, authorities are closely monitoring the situation and taking precautionary measures to prevent further flooding. The India Meteorological Department has issued a forecast of heavy to very heavy rain in parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand until July 25, raising concerns about the potential for more flooding in the region.