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Yamuna rises close to danger mark in Delhi

Yamuna rises close to danger mark in Delhi

The Yamuna river has risen close to the danger mark in Delhi with heavy rain lashing the national capital in the morning and more water being released from an upstream barrage in neighbouring Haryana.

This morning the water-level in the Yamuna was recorded at 205.30 meters at 9 am, which is just a wee bit lower than the danger mark of 205.33 meters.

On Saturday morning, the water level had come down and was continuously decreasing, but by the night the water level started increasing.

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The water level in the river Yamuna had risen sharply to come close to the danger mark on Friday, following heavy rainfall and water discharge from Haryana. The water level recorded at Delhi’s Old Yamuna Bridge at 9am was 205.26 metres, close to the danger mark of 205.33 metres.

The river’s water level rose after 20,485 cusecs of water was released from Haryana’s Hathini Kund Barrage in the Yamuna at 6am. Consequently, 20,485 cusecs was again released at 7am, while 19,056 cusecs was released at 8am, according to officials of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department.

Officials said that during the monsoon, a larger volume of water is released from the Hathinikund Barrage as there is heavy rainfall in the hilly regions and the capacity of the dam touches its maximum level.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted thunderstorm with moderate to heavy intensity rain in Delhi and nearby areas.

The department has issued a yellow alert for Sunday, and an orange alert for Monday. In the IMD colour code, yellow indicates severely bad weather while an Orange alert is issued as a warning for extremely bad weather with the potential of disruption in commute with road and drain closures and interruption of power supply.