The water level of Yamuna in Delhi again crossed the danger mark. Delhi News – Times of India

New Delhi: Yamuna’s water level crossed in Delhi danger sign 205.33 meters once again on Friday.
This has further delayed the rehabilitation efforts of the flood affected low-lying areas,
Central Water Commission (CWCThe data showed that the water level reached 205.34 meters at 6 pm on Friday and could rise to 205.45 meters by 11 pm.
In the upper catchment areas, mainly Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, there has been slight fluctuation in the water level during the last two-three days amid rains.
After reaching an all-time high of 208.66 meters on July 13, the Yamuna was gradually receding.
After flowing above the limit for eight days, the water level came down to the danger mark at eight o’clock on Tuesday night.
It dropped to 205.22 meters at 5 am on Wednesday, after which it started rising again and crossed the danger mark.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh till July 22.
In the event of heavy rains in upper Delhi, the rise in water level could slow down the rehabilitation of affected families in flood-hit low-lying areas of the capital and lead to prolonged stay in relief camps.
It may also impact the water supply in the city, which returned to normal only on Tuesday after being affected for four to five days due to water-logging in a pump house in Wazirabad.
The pump house supplies raw water to the Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla water treatment plants, which account for about 25 percent of the city’s supply.
According to Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials, there is a water shortage of 10-12 million gallons per day (MGD) due to filling of some tubewells in the floodplain of Palla river.
DJB draws about 30 MGD of water from tube wells installed in Palla floodplain.
Parts of Delhi have been battling waterlogging and floods for more than a week.
Initially, heavy rains on July 8 and 9 resulted in heavy waterlogging, with the city receiving 125 per cent of its monthly rainfall quota in just two days.
Subsequently, heavy rains in the upper catchment areas of the Yamuna including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Haryana led to the river’s water level rising to a record level.
At 208.66 m on 13 July, the Yamuna surpassed its previous record of 207.49 m set in September 1978 by a significant margin.
It breached the embankments and entered the city to a greater depth than in the previous four decades.
The consequences of the floods have been devastating, with over 27,000 people being evacuated from their homes.
The loss in terms of property, business and earnings has run into crores.
Experts attribute the unprecedented floods in Delhi to the encroachment of the river’s floodplain, excessive rainfall within a short period of time and raising the river bed due to siltation.
with PTI input