Yamuna water again reaches the danger zone, prompting a government alert in Delhi
On Friday, the Yamuna reached a level of 205.39 m at the Old Railway Bridge in Delhi, crossing the "danger" line once more. The Delhi administration has responded by issuing directives to guarantee the safety of locals in low-lying regions, many of whom had just arrived home.
The Central Water Commission (CWC) predicted that the water level, which was 205.33 metres (m) at 7 o'clock but was just slightly above the danger zone, would likely increase to 205.45 metres (m) by 11 o'clock.
But, a top CWC official predicted that it will stabilise after that. "There has been a minor rise. Although it may raise somewhat higher before midnight, no additional increases are anticipated after that, the official stated.
The official ascribed the increase in levels to rain that may have fallen upstream as well as water that was returning to the river from the floodplains.
The water level had dropped below the danger mark on Tuesday after having been over it for a little more than a week. It then surged beyond it once more on Wednesday before dropping below it once more on Thursday morning.
Because of heavy rains in the Yamuna River's catchment areas last week, the river's levels surged and some areas of Delhi's floodplains are still under water. The water hasn't completely subsided yet.
Lt. Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena visited Rajghat on Friday after the area had been drained, where there had been reports of waterlogging up to 8 feet deep.
In a tweet, he stated: "From 15.07.23, all stakeholder agencies have worked diligently and consistently to restore the Rajghat Samadhi area and its approach. The stagnant floodwater has been largely drained, and work on repairing the pavement and landscaping has begun. This morning, I took advantage of the chance to honour the Father of the Nation. The officials and workers deserve praise for their tireless efforts.
Rain is forecast for the city this weekend.
Only one meteorological station in Delhi, near Mungeshpur in North Delhi, recorded 21.5 mm of rain on Friday. The IMD prediction predicts that there will be only light rain during the weekend.
According to the IMD, thunderstorms and heavy rain were both seen in several areas of Himachal Pradesh between 8:00 a.m. on Thursday and 8:00 a.m. on Friday. These areas included Haryana, Chandigarh, Western Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab.
Also, the prediction shows that Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week are expected to see light to moderate rainfall. The western end of the monsoon trough is forecast to migrate northward around July 25 and increase rainfall activity over northwest India, according to the IMD.
On Friday, rain is possible in other northwest Indian regions such as Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, North Haryana, and Chandigarh.