Delhi flood news: Several residents have left their homes and are putting up in temporary shelters
Delhi has announced that all schools and colleges will be shut till Sunday due to waterlogging in several parts of the national capital. The Yamuna river has risen to a staggering 208.48 metres, flooding nearby streets and public and private infrastructure. With the situation deteriorating every passing hour, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to intervene and the city police has imposed prohibitory orders in flood-prone areas.
The water level in Yamuna was 208.48 metres at 8 am today as Hathnikund barrage in Haryana continues to release water into the river.
Also expected to be impacted is Delhi's drinking water supply as three treatment plants have been closed following rising levels of the Yamuna.
“Due to increase in the Yamuna water level, many water treatment plants had to be closed. I personally visited the Wazirabad plant on the banks of the Yamuna. We will start it as soon as the situation returns to normalcy,” Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
Here are the Highlights on the Flood-like Situation In Delhi:
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Flood-Like Situation In Delhi Interrupts Life, Last Rites
The flood-like situation in Delhi has not only interrupted life in the national capital but also inundated crematoria located near the raging Yamuna making it difficult for people who have lost their loved ones to conduct funerals. Nigambodh Ghat, a place preferred by many for the last rites, is flooded as waters from the swollen river have rendered the places practically dysfunctional. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Wednesday had issued an advisory asking people not to go to Nigambodh Ghat to carry out last rites. The crematorium in Geeta Colony too was closed due to the rise in Yamuna water levels.
Weather Office Predicts Light To Moderate Rain In Delhi On Friday
Light to moderate rainfall is expected to continue in Delhi on Friday while a 'yellow' alert has been issued for July 15, the Met office has said. Delhi witnessed light rain on Thursday, adding to the severe waterlogging in the city's low-lying areas.
Schools In Delhi To Remain Closed Till July 16
All government and private schools in Delhi will remain closed till July 16 in view of the rising Yamuna water levels, Directorate of Education (DoE) officials said today.
Disaster Response Force Teams Deployed In Delhi To Tackle Flood Situation
A total of 16 NDRF teams have been deployed in Delhi to tackle the floods caused by the overflowing Yamuna and the situation is expected to improve by Friday morning, a senior NDRF officer said today. Three teams each have been deployed in east and northeast Delhi, five in southeast Delhi, four in the central region and one in Shahdara area of the national capital, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Deputy Inspector General Mohsen Shahedi told reporters. A total of six districts in Delhi have been affected by the floods, he said.
NDTV Explainer: Why Delhi Is Flooded Despite No Rain
After three days of incessant rain, Delhi is now on extreme flood alert with water levels of river Yamuna at an all-time high. After breaching the danger mark of 205 metres on Tuesday, the Yamuna water level continues to rise. Read here
Red Fort Closed For Visitors Till July 14 Due To Flood-Like Situation In Delhi
The Red Fort was closed for visitors for the second half of Thursday and will remain shut on July 14 in view of the flood-like situation in parts of Delhi, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials said on Thursday. After breaching the danger mark on Monday, waters from the raging Yamuna spilled onto the roads of the national capital, inundating several areas. The Yamuna waters also reached the walls of the Mughal-era Red Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site, and people were seen navigating through waist-deep and in some places neck-high water. Severe waterlogging was also reported in Rajghat and Purana Qila areas.
Rs 200 Crore Business Affected Due To Flooding In Delhi, Say Traders
An estimated Rs 200 crore worth of business has been affected due to rains and flooding in parts of the national capital, a traders' body said on Thursday. While appealing to traders to suspend movement of goods from other cities for next few days in view of the rising water level of the Yamuna river, the Chamber of Trade and Industry said that the markets of Old Delhi, Kashmiri Gate, Mori Gate, Monestry Market, Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Bhagirath Place, Lajpat Rai Market, Kinari Bazar , Fatehpuri, Khari Baoli, Naya Bazar have been affected.
"We appeal to the traders and market associations of old Delhi to halt movement of goods from outside in the next few days," Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) chairman Brijesh Goyal said.
Delhi Top Cop Visits Flood-Hit Areas
Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora visited the Old Iron Bridge at Gandhi Nagar and took stock of the situation as parts of the national capital were inundated by water from the Yamuna river that spilled onto the streets. Mr Arora visited the bridge and other places with Special Commissioner (Law and Order) Dependra Pathak, Joint Commissioner (East) Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner (Shahdara) Rohit Meena, Deputy Commissioner (Northeast) Joy Tirkey and other officers.
In a tweet in Hindi, the Delhi Police said Arora visited the flood-affected areas to take stock of the situation and encouraged the police personnel doing relief and rescue work in adverse circumstances.
Metro Trains Crossing Yamuna Bridges With Restricted Speed
Delhi Metro trains are crossing the four Yamuna bridges with a restricted speed of 30 kmph as a precautionary measure due to rising water level of the Yamuna, the DMRC said on Thursday. The swollen river has crossed the danger mark, breaching the all-time record of 1978, flooding low-lying areas near the banks.
12 NDRF teams deployed in Delhi to tackle flood situation
A dozen National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in Delhi to tackle the situation in view of increased water levels in the Yamuna river, officials said on Thursday.
Delhi Live News: All Delhi Schools, Colleges Shut Till Sunday
As Yamuna waters flood Delhi streets, the government has announced that all schools and colleges will remain shut till Sunday. All government employees will work from home till Sunday too.
Delhi Bans Entry Of Heavy Goods Vehicles In Delhi As Yamuna Swells
The Delhi government has banned the entry of heavy goods vehicles, barring those carrying essentials, in the city from four borders including Singhu as a precautionary measure in view of the rising Yamuna levels, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said on Thursday.
Delhi Live News: Delhi Chief Minister Asks People To Stay Safe, Help Each Other
Requesting people to stay away from flooded areas, the Chief Minister this morning said the administration is vacating waterlogged areas and sought the citizens' cooperation for evacuation. "Saving lives most important. I appeal to all Delhiites to help each other in this emergency," he tweeted.
Delhi Live News: Some Areas May Face Water Crisis As Delhi Shuts 3 Plants
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that the Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla water treatment plants will be closed due to Yamuna river's rising water level. This could cause a water problem in some parts of the national capital, he added. He further said that the water treatment plants will be restarted as soon as Yamuna river's water recedes.
Delhi News: DDMA meeting today on flood situation in Delhi
Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena will hold a special meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Thursday to discuss the flood situation in the city, officials said.
Delhi Flood-Like Situation: Government Holds Emergency Meets
Lt Governor V K Saxena has also called a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Thursday. In a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Arvind Kejriwal requested that the water from Hathnikund barrage in Haryana be released slowly and pointed out that Delhi is set to host the G20 Summit meeting in a few weeks.
Delhi Schools In Flooded Areas Shut
With the Yamuna swelling to a staggering 208.48 metres, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced closure of schools in areas inundated with floodwater.
Yamuna Level In Delhi Rises Further, Flooding Near Arvind Kejriwal's Home
The Ring Road in Civil Lines area has been flooded and the stretch connecting Majnu ka Tila with Kashmiri Gate ISBT is closed. This spot is barely 500 metres from the residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Assembly.