The Yamuna River’s water level in Delhi has receded after surpassing the danger mark of 205.33 meters due to heavy rainfall in its upper catchment areas.
On Wednesday morning, the water level was at 205.14 meters according to the Central Water Commission.
The river briefly exceeded the warning mark of 204.5 meters on Tuesday, peaking at 205.39 meters.
While light rain occurred in Delhi on Wednesday, dry conditions are predicted for the upcoming days. Unfortunately, torrential rain has caused havoc in Himachal Pradesh, leading to 56 casualties, and Uttarakhand experienced destruction and landslides. Various rivers, including the Ganga, Alaknanda, and Mandakini, are flowing above danger levels in several areas. In July, Delhi faced severe flooding as the Yamuna reached a record height of 208.66 meters due to heavy rainfall, resulting in evacuations and significant property losses. Experts attribute the flooding to factors like encroachment on the river’s floodplain and extreme rainfall.
The flood-prone areas in Delhi are inhabited by around 41,000 people, and encroachments on the floodplain persist despite belonging to various entities.
The city’s northeast, east, central, and southeast districts are particularly vulnerable to flooding. (With inputs from PTI)