New Delhi, July 13th.
The Yamuna river in Delhi rose to a very high level, causing flooding in important places like the Secretariat where the chief minister’s office is located. This affected the daily life and movement of people, as officials worked hard to rescue and help those affected.
The water level in the Yamuna river reached 208. 53 meters at 10 am, which broke a record that had been standing for 45 years, according to officials.
The leader of a place called Delhi said that schools near the river will be closed and water treatment plants will be shut down. This is because people are walking through deep water in areas that are close to the river, and they need to go to safer places.
Vehicles were not allowed to enter the national capital.
Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena will have a special meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Thursday to talk about the flooding situation in the city, according to officials.
Kejriwal, who is the second-in-command of the DDMA, will also go to the meeting, they said.
The water level at the Old Railway Bridge went above 208 meters on Wednesday night and increased to 208. 48 meters by 8 am on Thursday. According to the Central Water Commission, they expect the situation to get worse. They are calling it an “extreme situation”.
When the Yamuna river became very full, Kejriwal said that schools in the flooded areas would be closed.
This includes both private and government schools.
Wazirabad, Chandrawal, and Okhla water treatment plants were closed, which might impact the water supply in the capital city.
As people faced more problems, he asked MLAs, councillors, volunteers, and others to go to relief camps and help the people there as much as they can.
Some places like Boat Club, Pandav Nagar, certain parts of Gandhi Nagar, Bhajanpura were filled with floodwater. Officials said that some people in certain areas were hesitant to leave their homes even when the water reached them.
The Delhi Secretariat, where the offices of Chief Minister Kejriwal, his cabinet, and other senior bureaucrats are located, experienced a significant flood on Thursday.
Officials from the Public Works Department were told that the Delhi Secretariat is flooding. They said they were working together with the traffic police and other organizations on the situation.
The street from Rajghat to Delhi Secretariat was also covered in water.
Officials have stated that the part of the Ring Road between Kashmere Gate and Purana Lohe Ka Pul has been flooded and is therefore closed for vehicles to use.
A message from the District Magistrate (East) stated that the cremation ground in Geeta Colony called Shamshan Ghat is shut down because the water levels have increased a lot.
People were seen walking through water that came up to their knees and carrying their things in areas that are lower than the rest.
The traffic police have given information about the rules and limits on driving because the Yamuna river water is getting higher.
The advisory says that because of higher water levels in the Yamuna river, some roads are flooded and traffic is affected. The affected roads are Mahatma Gandhi Marg between IP Flyover and Chandgi Ram Akhara, Mahatma Gandhi Marg between Kalighat Mandir and Delhi Secretariat, and Outer Ring Road between Wazirabad Bridge and Chandgi Ram Akhara.
Commercial vehicles that are not supposed to go to Delhi will not be allowed to enter the city. They will instead be redirected to the Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressway. The trucks and vans will take a different route than Mukarba Chowk. According to the advisory, there will be no commercial vehicles allowed between Mukarba Chowk and Wazirabad Bridge.
Commercial vehicles will be rerouted away from Sarai Kale Khan. No cars or trucks will be allowed between Sarai Kale Khan and IP flyover. Commercial trucks will be redirected away from Ghazipur border and Akshardham towards DND. No cars can go between Akshardham and Sarai Kale Khan, the article stated.
With the state of affairs getting worse by the hour, Kejriwal requested the government to get involved, and the police enforced a law to prevent large groups of people gathering in flood-prone areas. The text needs to be rewritten in simpler words.