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Saving people, cattle along Yamuna, Police have their task cut out


On Wednesday, Inspector Sukrampal along with head constable Sandeep and constable Deepak from Usmanpur police station received a distress call. A 25-year-old man, Jitendra, had been trapped in the area amid rising waters and had been sitting atop a tree for more than 22 hours.

“His house was damaged. We took a motorboat and went to save him. The situation was such that we had to remove shoes and life jackets to access the land. But we managed to get the boat near the tree, pick him up and take him to safety,” said Sukrampal.

The rescue operation is one among several that Delhi Police personnel have been carrying out for the last couple of days as water level in Yamuna crossed the ‘danger ‘ mark of 207.72 m, necessitating evacuation from low-lying areas. Teams from North Delhi, Northeast Delhi, East Delhi and other districts have been helping hundreds of persons for the last couple of days.

Sanjay Singh, Special Commissioner of Police (Licensing & Legal Div), said the police have responded to 1,919 calls related to traffic, 200 on water logging, 82 on building-collapse, 142 related to tree-falling, and six road cave-ins in the last three-four days. In total, more than 760 persons, including women and children, along with 271 cattle have been rescued in the last 24 hours, as per data released by the police.

Staffers have been deployed around Yamuna plains, Kashmere Gate, Ring Road, Shahdara, Sonia Vihar, Usmanpur, Mandawali etc to rescue persons. Sources said leave of all police personnel in the districts have been canceled.

Joy N Tirkey, DCP (Northeast), said more than 250 police personnel have been working with teams of NDRF, Civil Defence volunteers, boat operators and others.

In Shahdara, rescue operations have been going on at Geeta Colony area and Gandhi Nagar to save locals. In East Delhi, maximum number of distress calls were received from Pandav Nagar, followed by Mayur Vihar and Mandawali area.

Amrutha Guguloth, DCP East, said her staff rescued more than 575 persons in the last three days.


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