The Yamuna water level is likely to go up further on Sunday as Haryana released over six lakh cusecs of water from the Hathni Kund Barrage into the river and the Delhi government had ordered to close the traffic movement on Old Yamuna Bridge in Delhi as the water level in the Yamuna river continued to rise due to rains.
The Yamuna water level was 205.5 on Sunday, which was still rising.
District Magistrate of East Delhi, K Mahesh, issuing an order to ban the traffic movement on the bridge said there was an impending danger of floods due to the unprecedented rise in the water level and could also lead to loss of life and property.
Delhi: District Magistrate (DM) of East Delhi, K. Mahesh, orders closure of traffic on the old Yamuna Bridge with immediate effect. pic.twitter.com/ZiIBge5BrQ— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2018
East Delhi ADM Ajay Kumar said people were being evacuated and had set up relief camps.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held an emergency on Saturday and directed all departments to be on high alert.
Danger level of Yamuna is 204.83 & current water level is 205.5 & is still rising & will continue to rise throughout the night. We're evacuating people & have also put relief camps which have all facilities. Till now, I think situation is under control: Ajay Kumar,ADM, East Delhi pic.twitter.com/N6MY0U6SQz— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2018
On Saturday, several people were evacuated from the low-lying areas.
“Over 10,000 persons have been affected. People earlier living on the river bed and low-lying areas are being shifted out,” IANS quoted Preet Vihar Nodal officer Arun Gupta as saying.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday took stock of the ongoing evacuation work in the low-lying areas of the city.
“Sisodia took stock of the ongoing evacuation work in the low-lying areas around Akshardham and Pandav Nagar,” an official said.
The deputy CM met the people and urged them to move to safer places, cautioning about the rising level of the Yamuna river.
Delhi: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia reaches Nizamuddin Bridge to request people to evacuate the places along banks of Yamuna river where water level is rising pic.twitter.com/x3N8oqaTZG— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2018