Old Yamuna Bridge closed on Sunday for traffic due to rising Yamuna

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The Hush Post: Traffic movement on Old Yamuna Bridge in Delhi was closed on Sunday with the water level in the river rising due to incessant rains, a day after the flow breached the danger mark, officials said.

A flood control room has been set up by the government along with a round-the-clock emergency operation centre to monitor the situation.

An order banning movement of traffic on the bridge was issued after the flow in the river did not seem to recede.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia took stock of the on-going evacuation operation in the low-lying areas of the city and appealed to the people to move to safer areas.

The Yamuna was flowing at 205.5 metres having already crossed the danger mark which was 204.83 metres.

At 7:00pm the water level in the river had reached 205.30 metres yesterday, prompting authorities to ask people to move to safer places from the low-lying areas. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had held an emergency meeting with top officials to evaluate the situation.

“The government has established a flood control room in the office of the district magistrate, District (East) at L M Bund, Geeta Colony. A 24×7 emergency operation centre has also been set up to take stock of the situation,” a senior official said.

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