Delhi floods as the Yamuna swells, closing many schools and submerging cars
New Delhi: During the night, the water level in Delhi's swollen Yamuna surged even higher, flooding homes and highways and necessitating the use of emergency measures.
Yamuna's water level was 208.46 metres at 7 am today as water from Haryana's Hathnikund barrage continued to be released into the river. The water is currently three metres over the danger level.
The Arvind Kejriwal administration had pleaded with the centre to intervene and stop the barrage's water discharge, but the centre had said that the barrage's excess water needed to be released.
The barrage has filled up as a result of extremely heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh, farther north, where the monsoon has caused extensive damage.
The stretch between Majnu ka Tila and Kashmiri Gate ISBT on the Ring Road in the Civil Lines neighbourhood has been closed due to flooding. The Delhi Assembly and Chief Minister Kejriwal's house are only about 500 metres apart from this location.
Three water treatment facilities have been shut down as a result of the increase in water level. The supply of drinking water in the capital city could be affected. In light of the waterlogging issue, Chief Minister Kejriwal declared this morning that all schools, both public and private, would be closed.
The Chief Minister this morning asked people to keep away from flooded areas and said that the government is evacuating waterlogged areas with their assistance. "Most crucial is saving lives. I beg all Delhi residents to assist one another in this dire situation "Tweeted he.
According to the Central Water Commission, the water flow from the Haryana barrage is anticipated to begin decreasing at 2 PM.
As Old Delhi continues to be one of the regions worst affected by the flood situation, people have also been warned not to utilise the Nigambodh Ghat cremation ground.
The National Disaster Response Force has up to 12 teams on the ground performing rescue operations.
The spate of the Yamuna caused by the discharge from Haryana has caused tremendous sufferings for individuals who live along the river, despite the fact that the national capital has not recently had significant rainfall. Once the water gushed in, several individuals were forced to leave their homes. In light of the flooding crisis, thousands have been evacuated, and gathering is prohibited in hazardous places.
The Yamuna is currently at its highest water level ever. Delhi has seen its wettest monsoon in decades.