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NEW DELHI: Continuous water discharge from the Hathnikund barrage in Yamuna Nagar district of Haryana on Thursday led to the worst flooding in the capital in 45 years.
The water began flowing into some of Delhi’s main arteries like Ring Road and GT Karnal Road and inundated the residential area of Civil Lines and transport hub ISBT at Kashmere Gate besides the low-lying areas near Kalindi Kunj.
After three critical water plants had to be closed because of ingress of water, late at night, the authorities were struggling to repair and open some gates at the ITO barrage and also fix a DJB regulator near the Indraprastha Metro station which collapsed under pressure, threatening to throw water further into the city, towards Mathura Road.


However, Central Water Commission (CWC) held out some hope. The water level at the Old Railway Bridge at 8 pm was 208.66 metres, three metres above the danger level. CWC said that between 2am and 4am on Friday, the level was expected to fall to 208.45 metres after which it was likely to decrease gradually.
However, conflicting reports from Hathnikund and UP about the threat becoming more intense left people in Delhi guessing after a nerve-wracking day when traffic got disrupted in some areas and visuals of people wading through water and NDRF teams rescuing people in distress dominated the day’s news.

Delhi: Flood-like situation in Yamuna Khadar area after rise in water level in River Yamuna


Delhi: Flood-like situation in Yamuna Khadar area after rise in water level in River Yamuna

More than 23,000 people have been evacuated so far and those taking refuge in Delhi government shelters number 21,092, according to an official bulletin. “Precautionary and proactive relief and preventive measures” were being undertaken in areas like Sonia Vihar, Mukherjee Nagar and Hakikat Nagar which are susceptible to flooding.
Water lapping against the high walls of Red Fort harked back to the old days when the Yamuna used to flow there. Mangi Bridge, where earlier vehicles often used to get stuck, had a lot of water under it, making it impossible for vehicles to go through.
Metro remained the only reliable mode of transport in this area though the entry to the Yamuna Bank station had to be closed because of water accumulating outside. No one could go out either, although the interchange station continued to function.

Yamuna river water level surpasses danger mark in Delhi, submerges stretch of Ring Road


Yamuna river water level surpasses danger mark in Delhi, submerges stretch of Ring Road

Flood water mixed with the murky drainage water, coming out because of backflow, had started entering Delhi roads from Wednesday night with waterlogging being reported on Ring Road near Rajghat and Rajpura Road. There was knee-deep water here in the morning.
The low-lying areas near Kashmere Gate were among the worst affected. Water gushed into 20 bungalows in Civil Lines and NDRF had to conduct a rescue operation with boats. The residences of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and L G V K Saxena are located in this area.
Other areas of north Delhi that were submerged were the famous Changi Ram Akhara.
Urmila Kaliraman, wife of Changi Ram, told TOI that “there were over 50 wrestlers here but many have left. The temple and compound are flooded.” Some children could be seen swimming outside the centre.
Close to it, Delhi government’s sole trauma facility, Sushruta Trauma Centre and Shaheed Bhai Bal Mukund Government Sarvodaya Vidyalaya too were threatened by the advancing water.
Other areas which saw flooding were Shankaracharya Road, Shiv Vihar, Khajuri Khas and Kingsway Camp.
East Delhi, too, proved to be vulnerable. Flooding led to traffic stalling between Pushta Road and Shamshaan Ghat and Geeta Colony and Old Iron Bridge. Water had entered the Geeta Colony cremation ground, forcing it to be shut.
Kejriwal appealed to the residents of Delhi to avoid unnecessary travel and, if possible, work from home. “The government is committed to providing essential services and support to affected individuals. Efforts are underway to ensure that all basic facilities are made available in the relief centres established across the city,” he said.

Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj said in a statement that motorboats have been deployed at various places for relief and rescue operations.
The flyovers on Noida Link Road and the service road which goes towards ITO could be seen completely occupied by people who were evacuated from the Yamuna banks.
Sushma Devi, who was rescued on Wednesday, said: “We request the government to give us some compensation as people have lost their belongings and crops.”

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