The Delhi government has taken proactive measures in response to a forecast from the Central Water Commission indicating a rise in the water level of the Yamuna river.
The water level in the Yamuna in Delhi dropped below the danger mark of 205.33 metres early on Thursday. At 12 noon on Friday, the water level stood at 204.95 metres.
Officials have been directed to remain vigilant in vulnerable areas and make necessary arrangements to relocate people to safer locations.
The forecast predicts that the water level at the Old Railway Bridge is expected to reach 205.45 meters between 10 pm and 12 midnight on Friday, with further increases likely thereafter. Consequently, the city government has issued advisories to officials, urging them to be vigilant in their respective areas and take appropriate actions at vulnerable points.
One of the crucial actions advised is to warn residents living near river embankments about the potential risks and to organize their safe relocation. This comes after the Yamuna had been receding gradually from its all-time high of 208.66 meters on July 13. However, it recently rose again, breaching the danger mark of 205.33 meters.
In addition to the local measures, the India Meteorological Department has issued warnings of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh until July 22, which can contribute to the water level fluctuations.
The situation has had devastating consequences in Delhi, resulting in the evacuation of over 27,000 people from their homes. The flood’s impact has led to significant losses in terms of property, businesses, and livelihoods, with estimated costs running into crores. (With inputs from PTI)