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Yamuna level crosses danger mark again, Delhi govt issues alert


The water level in the Yamuna crossed the ‘danger’ mark once again on Friday, reaching a level of 205.34 m at the Old Railway Bridge in Delhi. This has prompted instructions from the Delhi government to ensure the safety of residents of low-lying areas — many of whom had just returned home.

Meanwhile, rainfall is predicted in the capital over the coming week.

Recorded slightly above the danger mark of 205.33 m at 6 pm, the Central Water Commission (CWC) forecast indicated it was likely to rise further to around 205.45 m by 11 pm.

A senior official of the CWC said that it was, however, likely to stabilise thereafter. “There is a slight increase. While it is likely to rise a little more by midnight, a further increase is not expected after that,” the official said.

The official attributed the rise in levels to both rainfall that may have occurred upstream, as well water from the floodplains returning to the river.

After having remained above the danger mark for a little more than a week, the water level had fallen below the danger mark on Tuesday but rose past the ‘danger’ level again on Wednesday, before falling below this mark once more on Thursday morning.

Some parts of the floodplains in Delhi remain inundated, with the water not having receded entirely yet after levels in the river rose last week, following heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of the Yamuna.

Heavy rainfall was recorded in parts of Himachal Pradesh between 8.30 am on Thursday and 8.30 am on Friday, along with thunderstorms in parts of Northwest India on Friday, including areas in Haryana, Chandigarh, Western Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

A single weather observatory in Delhi, the one in North Delhi’s Mungeshpur, recorded 21.5 mm of rainfall on Friday. Light rainfall is expected over the weekend, going by the IMD forecast.

The forecast also indicates that light to moderate rainfall is likely on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. The rainfall activity over northwest India is likely to increase around July 25 with the western end of the monsoon trough shifting northwards, according to the IMD.

Other parts of northwest India, including Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, North Haryana and Chandigarh could see rainfall on Friday as well. Rainfall is also expected to continue over Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh till July 25.


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