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Yamuna recedes,parts of city still submerged

Govt begins preparation to fight outbreak of water and mosquito-borne diseases

The water-level in the Yamuna river receded to 206.5 metres on Thursday,but several low-lying areas in Delhi remained submerged for the second consecutive day.

The Delhi government said 1,153 tents had been set up to house more than 10,000 people evacuated on Tuesday. The Health department has also announced measures to control the outbreak of diseases.

On Wednesday,the river had risen to 207.32 metres,threatening to breach its previous record of 207. 49 metres.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said the government had made arrangements to provide all facilities to those hit by floods.

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“The city government has set up 1,153 tents to accommodate more than 10,000 flood victims. They are being provided food,drinking water and health services,” Dikshit said.

Earlier in the day,Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had expressed concern over the flood situation in Delhi.

The Revenue department also held a high-level meeting with representatives from the Health department,commissioners from the three municipal corporations and their health and sanitation wings to review preparations to minimise the outbreak of disease.

A senior government official said,“The discussions centred around water-borne diseases like typhoid and cholera and mosquito-borne diseases like chikungunya,malaria and dengue. It was decided that anti-malarial sprays would be undertaken in the camps,fumigation against mosquitoes once a day and chlorine bottles would be provided to flood-affected families to store drinking water.”

According to the government,Delhi Jal Board (DJB) tankers had been deployed to provide safe drinking water in the camps.

“The government has asked the Health department and the three corporations to maintain cleanliness and sanitation around camps to avoid any health hazard,” a government official said.