The Yamuna continued to flow above the danger mark on Wednesday even as authorities shifted over 15,000 people living in flood-plains. State government officials monitoring the situation said water level has remained constant at 206.60 metres for several hours now. However, they added that relief was likely as the water may recede later on Wednesday.
The river is just 2.17 meters short of reaching 207.5 meters, which it touched in 1978. The water level was 206.60 metres at 10 am.
“The water level has been constant for the past six hours and expected to recede later on,” said an official at the flood departments control room.
- Water level touches 206.4 metres, it's likely to reach 207.1 meters
- 207.5 meters was the maximum the river reached in 1978
- 207.1 meters was the maximum in 2010
- 207.3 meters was the maximum in 2013
Meanwhile, 16,280 cusec water was released into the river from Harayana side at 10 am from Hathnikund Barrage. Train and vehicular traffic over old Yamuna bridge was temporarily suspended on Tuesday night and several trains were diverted, said a Northern Railways spokesperson.
A government official said of the over 15,000 people have been moved out of the Yamuna flood-plains and over 10,500 have been putting up in 2,300 tents.
The river flows through six districts of Delhi whose low-lying areas are prone to flooding. The administration has deployed 30 boats to prevent accidental drowning.