New Delhi: The Yamuna continued to flow well above the danger mark at 206.60 metres today too. 16280 cusec water was released in the river from Hathnikund Barrage in Haryana on Wednesday morning. As per a PTI report, over 15,000 people living in flood-plains have been shifted to tents set up by various government agencies due to the river water inundating low lying areas, officials said.
"The level of Yamuna at railway bridge was 206.60 metres at 10 am. This water level is constant for the past six hours and expected to recede later on," PTI quoted an official of the flood department as saying.
The train and vehicular traffic on the Old Yamuna Bridge (Lohewala Pul)have been suspended as the water level rose. The trains using the bridge have been diverted to New Delhi railway station. The road-cum-rail bridge on the Delhi-Howrah line, is a vital link between Delhi and the neighbouring states.
The highest water level recorded at the Old Yamuna Bridge was 207.49 metres in 1978, 207.11 metres in 2010 and 207.32 metres in 2013, according to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority.
In 1978, the water in the river rose to its highest-ever level of 207.49 metres, causing a devastating flood in the national capital. Heavy rains coupled with release of water from the Hathnikund barrage in Haryana has led to swelling of the river
Yamuna flows through six districts of Delhi whose low-lying areas are prone to flooding. The administration has deployed 30 boats to prevent accidental drowning.
-With inputs from Agencies