The Hush Post: After the Yamuna breached the danger mark on Sunday due to release of water from the Hathnikund barrage in Haryana, twenty seven trains were cancelled and seven others diverted. The Indian Railways has temporarily closed Delhi’s old Yamuna bridge, also called Loha Pul, as the water level in the river reached 205.53 metres.
“At 12.20 am, the old Yamuna Bridge temporary closed for rail traffic as water level has reached at 205.53 metre mark,” a Northern Railway official told IANS. The Yamuna passes through Yamunanagar, Karnal and Panipat districts in Haryana before entering Delhi. The water level touched 205.5 metres around 5 pm on Sunday. It is the highest level in the last five years that the danger mark has been breached, government officials said.
The water level is likely to rise to 206.6 metres in the next 48 hours, as it takes at least two days for the water to reach Delhi after being released from Haryana’s Hathnikund Barrage, around 200 km north of Delhi.
The India Meterological Department (IMD) has said the intensity of rainfall in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand is likely to decrease in the next three-four days.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday took stock of the ongoing evacuation work. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also held an emergency meeting and undertook an aerial survey of the affected regions on Sunday to review the situation in Yamunanagar district, where an alert was declared in the wake of rising level of Yamuna river due to heavy rains in the catchment areas.