Due to heavy rains in New Delhi, the water level in the Old Yamuna Bridge River continues to rise exceeding the danger mark. Taking this into consideration, the government officials closed the Bridge on Sunday.
The Government has also set up a control room to monitor the situation 24/7. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister ordered for an emergency evacuation operation to rescue the people in the low lying areas of the capital city.
The Yamuna River was flowing at 205 meters with the danger level being 204 meters. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held an emergency meeting to monitor the situation and the evacuation operation.
Eight years ago, there was a similar situation and the bridge was completely submerged. Officials expect the water level to rise again as 6 lakh cusecs of water has been released by the Haryana government on Sunday. Special teams have been appointed to make sure that the water entering Yamuna will be diverted to other channels without causing further damage to the low lying areas in the city.
High-level security measures have been taken by the Delhi Government for evacuating the people and the traffic is also being diverted on to Ring Road.
This is the second day of the evacuation operation and a lot of people have been shifted to safer areas. However, due to hurried migration, not all the migrants could get shelter and the food arrangements have not been made.
Authorities are doing their best to help the immigrants with food and shelter. The Government is also planning to set up proper medical camps for the migrants, which would be very helpful in case of an emergency.
The rescue teams were put on high alert and in case of an emergency, people can dial the control room at 1077. As the government officials are not sure about the time taken to get the situation under their control, they have requested the migrants to cooperate with them and get adjusted to the temporary relocation.