The water level in the Yamuna river in Delhi receded on Wednesday, a day after it rose to its highest in five years, PTI reported. Authorities had evacuated more than 10,000 people from low-lying areas in the city on Monday.
The water level fell to 204.82 metres on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to recede further, an official of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department told PTI.
The river’s danger mark is at 204.83 metres. At 8 pm on Tuesday, the level was 206.05 metres at the Old Yamuna Bridge, which has been closed for vehicular movement. This was the highest level since 2013, when the water level had touched 207.3 metres.
Officials said that the overflowing water entered a few houses in low-lying areas of north Delhi’s Burari on Tuesday and 15 stranded people were rescued. Nearly 14,000 people have been moved to safer places and 1,461 tents and temporary shelters, and are being given food and medical help.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday had directed Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot to make adequate arrangements to accommodate street dwellers affected by the flooding.