On Sunday morning, the water stage of the Yamuna river at Previous Railway Bridge in Delhi was recorded at 203.98 metres, which is near the warning mark of 204.50 metres. The extent rose after 4,353 cusecs of water was launched from Haryana’s Hathini Kund barrage into the Yamuna at 8am.
Officers within the Delhi authorities’s irrigation and flood management (I&FC) division stated that the extent recorded is way under the warning mark and will go up provided that the next quantity of water is launched into the river, or if there’s heavy rainfall within the nationwide capital.
At 4am on Sunday, the river was flowing at 204.06 metres and by 8am, the water stage had receded, stated officers.
An I&FC official stated that water is launched into the barrage each 4 hours. Regularly, solely 350 cusecs of water is launched.
Nonetheless, throughout monsoon, due to greater quantity of water within the barrage and in addition due to rainfall within the hilly areas, extra water is launched, which ends up in a surge within the Yamuna. “It takes between 36 and 72 hours for the launched water to achieve Delhi. We’re monitoring the water ranges,” stated the official, who didn’t want to be named.
Final yr, Haryana had launched over eight lakh cusecs of water in a day following which the water stage had breached the hazard mark of 205.33 metres.
I&FC Officers stated that preparations are in progress in case the next quantity of water is launched and evacuation operations must be launched. “We’ve recognized places for pitching tents. Social distancing is a norm due to the prevailing coronavirus illness (Covid-19) outbreak. We’ve additionally recognized colleges, that are closed due to the pandemic, the place the flood-hit public will be offered momentary shelter whereas sustaining satisfactory bodily distance amongst them,” the official stated.
Delhi had reported a serious flood in 1978, when the water stage within the Yamuna had risen to its highest-ever stage recorded to this point at 207.49 metres.