The water level of the Yamuna river crossed the warning mark to hit 204.70 metres on Monday after more than 8 lakh cusecs of water was released from Hathni Kund barrage. The warning level is 204.50 meters and the danger mark is pegged at 205.33m.
Following this, the Delhi government issued orders of evacuation and deployed Civil Defence volunteers in the city.
Delhi: Water level of Yamuna River recorded at 204.70 meters today (the warning level is at 204.50 meters), after more than 8 lakh cusecs of water released from Hathni Kund barrage. Delhi Govt has issued orders for evacuation, Civil Defence volunteers have been deployed. pic.twitter.com/wLhJtdxQjy
— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2019
“Water is being released from the Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana every hour,” a Flood and Control Department official told IANS. This is the source of drinking water in Delhi and once released would reach the city within 72 hours.
Delhi had been receiving rainfall since Saturday, with the Ridge observatory receiving 65.8 mm rainfall in 24 hours till 8.30 am on Sunday and more rain predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meanwhile informed that he is meeting officers from all concerned depts at 1 pm to assess the situation and the preparations.