With the water level in the Yamuna crossing the danger mark after rain Saturday, the Delhi government claimed to have evacuated 60 people living along the river bank. Officials said Sunday the water level was slowly receding.
Water Minister Kapil Mishra said quick response vehicles remained on duty all night and a few people were evacuated from Burari. The department has also deputed disaster management and flood department teams on night duty.
Meanwhile, the Old Yamuna Bridge (Loha Pul) has been closed as a precautionary measure. In a statement, Northern Railways said, “Rail traffic on the old Yamuna bridge has been suspended since the evening of August 13 till further notice due to rising of water level in the Yamuna river. Consequently, trains running on Delhi Shahdara-Delhi junction have been cancelled/terminated /diverted on August 14, 2016.”
Mishra said, “The situation is improving and the water level will further go down at about 6 pm. Around 4 am, it had crossed the danger mark (204.9 m).” Officials said the central flood control room, along with 18 monitoring wireless stations, were keeping a watch on the water levels and evacuation process.