Due to heavy rainfall and the release of water from Hathni Kund Barrage, there is an increased risk of flooding in low-lying areas near the Yamuna river in Delhi and its neighboring regions. In response to this situation, the Delhi Police has implemented restrictions under CrPC section 144 in the vulnerable areas to ensure safety.
The water level of the Yamuna river in Delhi has exceeded the previous all-time record set 45 years ago, reaching a height of 207.55 meters. Experts attribute this critical situation to various factors, including encroachments on the river’s floodplains, intense rainfall occurring within a short period, and the accumulation of silt, which has elevated the riverbed. As a result, areas near the floodplains have experienced significant flooding, leading to the evacuation of thousands of residents and businesses.
Homes and markets located close to the river have been inundated as the water surged into these areas. This unprecedented situation highlights the urgent need for effective measures to manage floodplains, address the impact of extreme weather events, and mitigate the risks associated with silt accumulation.
Yamuna Water Level Details
- The Yamuna River in Delhi has reached a record level of 207.81 metres, surpassing the previous highest mark of 207.49 metres in 1978.
- The heavy rainfall in Delhi and nearby regions, along with the discharge of water from Hathni Kund Barrage, has increased the possibility of flooding in low-lying areas near the river.
- As a result, the Delhi Police issued a notice earlier today (July 12) that it has enforced restrictions under CrPC section 144 in flood-prone areas of the city.
- The water from the barrage at Yamunanagar in Haryana, around 180 kilometres from the national capital, takes around two to three days to reach Delhi.
- Country representative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Yashveer Bhatnagar, attributed the record water level in the Yamuna to intense rainfall in the entire upper catchment area.