New Delhi: The muddy, swirling waters of the river Yamuna were flowing over the danger mark on Wednesday following the release of water from the Hathinikund barrage in Haryana.

The danger mark for the river Yamuna stands at 204.83 metres in the city, while at present the river is flowing at 206.48 metres. On Monday, 8.06 lakh cusecs of water was released from the Hathinikund barrage.  Again on Tuesday morning, an additional 3.38 cusecs of water was released after which it is expected that the river will cross 207 metres mark by Wednesday afternoon.

"The forecast says that the water level of the Yamuna would reach 207.7 metres and this is the highest ever recorded," Dharmpal, secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, said. The highest level ever reached by the Yamuna waters in the city before this was in 1978, when the river was flowing at 207.48 metres.

The landmark double-decker rail-cum-road bridge, built in 1868 which connects sprawling capital city to its eastern part, has been closed for vehicular traffic, an official said on Wednesday.

"The railway bridge will remain closed till the water level recedes to the safe level of 204 metres," Delhi Chief Secretary DM Sopli said.

"Around 2,000 families have already been evacuated from the area around the river and will be allowed to go back only after the monsoon recedes," Sopli said.

As the city is not witnessing heavy rains now, authorities are hopeful that no major flood situation would arise here.

"We are prepared to tackle the flood threat. The disaster control room has also started monitoring the situation and disseminating information regarding the water level in Yamuna through SMS," a Delhi government official said.

Delhi Metro Phase III works have also been affected. Construction works of India’s first Signature Bridge at Wazirabad have been suspended following incessant rains in the plains and heavy downpour in the hills.

While 62 boats have been deployed for rescue operations, district magistrates have been directed to identify more low-lying areas in view of unprecedented rise in the water level.


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