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Yamuna recedes, but parts of Delhi still inundated

Last updated on: September 24, 2010 11:20 IST

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Several low-lying areas in Delhi remained inundated on Friday even as the water level in Yamuna river, which is flowing well above the danger mark, receded.

The water level in Yamuna was at 206.14 metres at 9 am on Friday morning, and according to the forecast it is expected to come down to 205.85 metres by the evening.

The river, however, is still flowing well above the danger mark of 204.83 metres.

The Inter-State Bus Terminal at Kashmiri Gate has been partially submerged, and operations there were affected as waters entered the complex.

Haryana, meanwhile released another 83,000 cusecs of water on Friday.

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Image: The athletes village of the 2010 Commonwealth Games is pictured surrounded by flood waters of the river Yamuna in New Delhi
Photographs: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Reuters
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The water level in Yamuna had crossed the 207-metre mark for first time in 32 years on Wednesday submerging several areas including Garhi Mandu, Usmanpur Pusta, Jagatpur Village and Shastri Nagar, Yamuna Vihar, Madanpur, Sonia Vihar, Nigambodh, Jaitpur, Tibet Market and Yamuna Bazar.

The waters began receding on Thursday and the level was recorded at 206.48 metres at 9 pm last night.

The government has shifted hundreds of people from low-lying areas to relief camps.

A senior official said over 3,500 people have already been shifted to relief camps set up by the government following the flood threat last week.


Image: Local residents living on the banks of river Yamuna are pictured outside their makeshift tent in front of the athletes village of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi
Photographs: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Reuters
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The city had witnessed massive floods in the year 1978 when water level in Yamuna had touched 207.49 metre.

The water level in Yamuna has gone up in the last few days as rain-battered Haryana has been constantly releasing huge quantity of water from Hathinikund barrage.

In the last 40 years, the city had witnessed floods in 1967, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1988, 1995 and 1998 but the flood in 1978 was of serious nature as it had inundated many areas in the city.


Image: Local residents living on the banks of river Yamuna are pictured near the athletes village of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi
Photographs: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Reuters
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