Yamuna continues to flow over danger mark

New Delhi


 The Yamuna continued to flow above the danger mark with the water level at 206.60 metres.

The river breached the danger mark of 205.33m on Monday night, and the authorities are expecting the level to go up to 207m by Wednesday.

However, the river has been showing a steady trend since the wee hours of Wednesday, the Flood Control Department official told IANS.

"Although the river is showing a steady trend, the situation is critical and we are keeping a close eye on it," the official said.

The water level was rising due to rains in northern India and discharge of water from Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana.

"Water is being released from the barrage every hour since Saturday," the official said, adding Haryana released 8.28 lakh cusecs of water on Sunday evening.

The water discharged from the barrage -- which provides drinking water to Delhi -- normally takes 72 hours to reach the capital, the official said.

Thousands of people living along the banks of the Yamuna were being moved to safer places since Sunday.

The rail and vehicular traffic on the Old Yamuna Bridge have been suspended as the water level rose.

The Yamuna crossed the "warning mark" of 204.5m late on Sunday night.

Delhi witnessed the worst floods in 1978 when the river's level touched a record 207.49m. IANS