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Yamuna River rise: Delhi govt deploys additional NDRF teams to pace rescue operations

New Delhi: A total of 23,692 people were evacuated from areas adjacent to the Yamuna in Delhi on Thursday as the water level remained above the danger mark, an official statement said. The Delhi government informed that currently, 21,092 people are living in tents and shelters. Twelve teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) […]

Edited By : Yashashvi Tak | Updated: Jul 14, 2023 13:11 IST
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New Delhi: A total of 23,692 people were evacuated from areas adjacent to the Yamuna in Delhi on Thursday as the water level remained above the danger mark, an official statement said. The Delhi government informed that currently, 21,092 people are living in tents and shelters. Twelve teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescued 1,022 people on Thursday. NDRF DIG Mohsin Shahidi said the situation has improved in the national capital.

The Yamuna River is in full spate due to heavy rains in the national capital, in the past because of the water released from the Hathinikund barrage in Haryana. After this, there is a flood-like situation in many low-lying areas of Delhi. People have been forced to leave their homes and move to safer places. However, some decrease in the water level of the Yamuna was recorded on Friday.

The water level at the Old Railway Bridge was recorded at 208.44 metres at 7 a.m. today, compared to 208.66 metres at 8 p.m. last night (Thursday). This level is the highest reported so far.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted on Friday that light to moderate rain and thundershowers are expected in Delhi for the next 4-5 days. On Friday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Delhi government is working to remove the accumulated water in many areas of the capital.

He told ANI that the situation in Delhi has improved since Wednesday. Seven teams of the NDRF have been deployed in Delhi. People have been evacuated from the affected areas. The situation is under control, and there will be a steady improvement in the days ahead.

Several buses and trucks are stranded following restrictions on the entry of heavy goods vehicles (essential and emergency services are exempt) in the city. The Delhi Police also shared a video yesterday that showed the rising water level of the Yamuna River in Garhi Mendu village causing massive flooding in the area.

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First published on: Jul 14, 2023 11:00 AM IST

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