New rise in river threatens renewed flooding in Delhi India

New rise in river threatens renewed flooding in Delhi, India

According to a report by All India Radio News, Delhi Finance Minister Atishi Singh said that the discharge of more than 200,000 cubic seconds of water from the Hathnikund Dam in Haryana is the reason for the continuous increase in the Yamuna’s capacity.

The official said the river is expected to cross the danger line by Sunday evening, which could cause flooding in surrounding areas, which are still recovering from flooding that has similarly occurred in recent days.

As of earlier this week, several areas of the capital including the Red Fort, Kashmiri Gate, the Central Secretariat and the civilian lines were under reconstruction due to the swell of the river due to rains in northern India.

To address the current situation, Atishi Singh assured that measures have been taken to ensure the safety of residents and that the government is prepared for immediate evacuation measures if necessary.

After a thorough inspection, the relief centers will receive a comprehensive upgrade for the benefit of potential victims, the official added.

Meanwhile in Gujarat, heavy rains in Junagadh, Amreli, Ahmedabad and Navsari the previous day caused flooding, resulting in damaged and blocked roads, affected homes and vehicles stuck under water.

The situation forced Prime Minister Bhupendra Patel to meet with the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Gandhinagar.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Office for the south of the state forecast continued heavy rain through Monday afternoon.

Nine special teams are in the affected districts, so far 358 people have been rescued in Junagadh and more than 700 people have been taken to safe places, local authorities said.

Two national roads, Porbandar and Kutch, and 300 alternative roads are closed to avoid accidents due to heavy rains, which also caused the main dams to rise in water levels and some of them have already exceeded their storage capacity.