During the course of the night, the water level in Delhi’s swollen Yamuna increased even more, flooding homes, disrupting public transportation, and necessitating emergency measures.
The water level in Yamuna was 208.57 metres at 11 am today as Hathnikund barrage in Haryana continues to release water into the river. The current water level is three metres above the danger mark.
The Arvind Kejriwal government had urged the centre to step in and stop the water discharge, but the centre replied that excess water from the barrage had to be released. The water discharge is expected to reduce later in the day.
The Haryana barrage has filled up due to very heavy rain further north in Himachal Pradesh. The monsoon has brought large-scale destruction in the hill state, bringing down homes and sweeping away bridges.
The upscale Civil Lines neighbourhood of the nation’s capital was under water when river water seeped into the neighbourhood. The distance between the Delhi Assembly and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s home is only 350 metres.