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Yamuna level rises, areas in Delhi flooded

Last updated on: September 11, 2010 11:38 IST

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Several areas in east Delhi were on Saturday flooded as the water level in the Yamuna continued to rise dangerously, threatening to submerge more low-lying areas.


Photographs: Chaman Gautam
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The water level in the river rose to 206.60 metre, 177 cm above the danger mark of 204.83 metre and is likely to go up further as neighbouring Haryana would release more water on Saturday in the river, a senior official of the flood control department said.



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Haryana is expected to release 30,000 cusecs of water into the Yamuna on Saturday. Authorities said the water level in the river is expected to rise to 206.85 metre by 2 pm.



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Some low-lying areas near the river, including Garhi Mandu, Usmanpur Pusta, Jagatpur Village and Shastri Nagar, were inundated by the rising water. Areas near the ISBT were also flooded, prompting thousands of people to stake shelter in government relief camps and in higher areas.



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Many people living in low-lying areas along the banks of the river were seen lined up on the footpaths on the ITO bridge with whatever was left of their belongings.


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Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday appealed to people not to panic and said all precautionary measures are being put into place to meet any eventuality.


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"There is no need to worry. We are taking all precautionary measures to deal with any eventuality. The situation is under control," Dikshit had said.


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Authorities had on Friday evacuated hundreds of people living in the low-lying areas. Seventy-four boats and 68 divers have also been pressed into service. Over 100 personnel from the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed to assist the local authorities.


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