The water level in the Yamuna River has risen to 205.94 meters, 0.61 meters above the danger level of 205.33 meters, in the wake of incessant rains since the past few weeks in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
A flood alert has been issued in parts of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
With the Yamuna breaching the danger mark, water may reach Delhi during the next two days with full force, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had informed on Monday evening while chairing an emergency meeting of concerned officials.
Vehicle and pedestrian movement on ‘Loha Pul’ (old iron bridge) over the river has been stopped owing to the rising water level.
ADM East, Arun Gupta said that at least 7000 people from low-lying areas have been shifted to 1100 tents equipped with food and sanitation facilities.
Their health check-up is also being conducted.
Meanwhile, water from the overflowing Yamuna river has entered Nigambodh Ghat.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier informed that 2120 tents have been deployed on both sides of Yamuna, fully equipped with food, water and toilets.
He further advised the people living in the Yamuna flood plains to evacuate and shift to tents or relatives’ residences as Haryana has released 8.28 lakh cusec of water.
Punjab and Haryana have received rainfall over ten times more than the usual.
The Lodhipur village of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab has been flooded and crops destroyed.
In Punjab, a flood alert was issued in 250 villages of eight districts following heavy rainfall.
The weather office has predicted more rain in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday declared it a “natural calamity” and allocated Rs 100 crore for flood-hit districts.
Meanwhile, 58 people are reportedly dead in rain-related incidents in North India.
Thirty-two people have died in Uttarakhand, while 26 people lost their lives in Himachal Pradesh.
Most rivers in Uttarakhand are overflowing, with the Ganga crossing the danger mark in Haridwar and flowing close to it in Rishikesh.
The weather department has predicted heavy rainfall for Uttarakhand.