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Delhi on Alert: Flood Fear In Delhi As Yamuna Flows Above Danger Mark

As heavy rainfall hits North India, authorities have initiated the evacuation of residents residing in low-lying areas of Delhi that are susceptible to flooding.
 
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New Delhi: North India has been severely affected by heavy rainfall, leading to significant damage and the unfortunate loss of over 37 lives in the past three days. In New Delhi, the Yamuna River, surpassing the danger mark of 205.33 meters last night, rose even further to 206.24 meters this morning due to increased water release from the Hathnikund barrage in Haryana. The river exceeded the expected warning level sooner than anticipated.

To mitigate the risks, authorities have commenced the evacuation process for individuals residing in low-lying areas prone to flooding. These residents will be relocated to relief camps and community centers situated across different parts of the city.

To closely monitor flood-prone areas and the water level of the Yamuna River, the Delhi government has established 16 control rooms. In response to the issue of waterlogging, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a series of measures.

During a press conference, Mr. Kejriwal noted that the current rainfall in Delhi is the most severe in the last four decades. He highlighted that the drainage system in the city is not equipped to handle such extreme rainfall, referring to the last comparable instance in 1982 when there was 169 mm of rainfall within 24 hours.

The meteorological department has forecasted heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

Given the extensive rainfall and its impact across northern India, the Army and National Disaster Response Force have joined forces to enhance relief and rescue operations in affected states.

Numerous rivers in the region are flowing at dangerous levels, causing roads and buildings to be submerged in knee-deep water in various cities and towns.

In Himachal Pradesh, which has been significantly affected by the relentless rain, landslides and flash floods have caused substantial damage to houses and properties worth millions of rupees.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu of his support and assistance during this challenging time.

Continuous rainfall and landslides in Uttarakhand have resulted in the blockage of numerous roads and highways. There are reports of rivers and streams surpassing the danger mark, further exacerbating the situation.

Heavy rain has also affected several regions in Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana, causing extensive waterlogging and flooding in low-lying areas. Authorities have initiated necessary actions to address the severe impact in the most affected locations.

In Rajasthan, the monsoon rain has disrupted normal life, leading to the inundation of roads, railway tracks, and even hospitals. The state is expected to receive more rainfall today.

According to the weather department, the combination of a western disturbance and monsoonal winds has contributed to this intense spell of rainfall.