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After Flood Warning, Yamuna Water Level Starts Receding

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New Delhi: The water level in the Yamuna river today started receding, a day after it rose to its highest danger level in the last five years. According to an official of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, the water level dropped to 204.80 metres around 4 pm today and is expected to recede further, PTI reported.

Haryana had released 4,000 cusecs of water by the Hathni Kund Barrage till 4 pm yesterday. At 8 pm yesterday, the river was flowing at 206.05 metres at Old Yamuna Bridge which has been closed for vehicular traffic.

The overflowing water of the Yamuna river entered some houses in low-lying areas of Burari in north Delhi yesterday, officials said.

As many as 15 people, who were stranded in flood waters, were rescued from the area yesterday. So far, a total of 13,915 people have been moved to safer places due to the rising water levels.

They have been accommodated in 1,461 tents and temporary shelters, where they are being provided food and medical help.

Talking to the media, Additional District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar stated that the water released from the Hathni Kund barrage had not affected the life of people so far, as the Yamuna was flowing 55 cm below the danger mark today.

The water level recorded today was 165.45 metres, while the danger level in Mathura is 166 metres, he said, denouncing the claim of a national daily that the river had crossed the danger mark.

The teams of revenue, health, and irrigation departments have also been deployed at the flood outposts. Eatables and fodder arrangement for cattle has also been made, he added.

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