New Delhi: The monsoon rains in northern India has started showing its effect in Delhi with the water level in the Yamuna River reaching at 207.32 metres, which is 2.49 metres above the danger mark of 204.83 metres.

As water levels in the river inched closer to breaking the 207.49 metres mark, the highest in recorded history, several low lying areas were flooded with water which prompted the authorities to order evacuation of over 5,000 people even as a man reportedly drowned in the river.

Some of the areas which have been inundated are Usmanpur Pushta village, Gadhi Mandi, Sonia Bihar, Shastri Park, Geeta Colony and Batla House. The river water also entered Ring Road on Wednesday.

Officials on Wednesday feared that the water level might cross the highest level. The city government has asked the army to be on alert for helping the civil administration, if required. The highest water level of 207.49 metres in Yamuna was recorded in 1978 when several areas in the city had witnessed flash floods.

The water level in Yamuna has gone up primarily due to release of around 11 lakh cusecs of water into Yamuna by Haryana from its Hathnikund barrage in the last three days. The neighbouring state released around one lakh cusecs of water into the river on Wednesday.

According to Divisional Commissioner Dharam Pal, 62 boats have been deployed at different places. Along with it, 36 divers have been put on alert for emergency-like situation.

Meanwhile, the Delhi traffic police closed traffic movement on the Old Yamuna Bridge due to the increase in the water level of the Yamuna resulting in a major traffic jam at various places.


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