New Delhi: Flood-affected people again took shelter in relief camps in the capital on Saturday as the water level of Yamuna river crossed the danger mark of 205.33 meters in Delhi. After several days of decrease, once again the water level of Yamuna river crossed the danger mark on Friday night. However, it came down later and the danger level at Old Railway Bridge was recorded at 205.33 meters at 8 am today.
Hundreds of flood-affected people were seen taking shelter in relief camps located near Signature Bridge. Laxman Das, a person living in a relief camp near Signature Bridge, said, “We live in a camp near Signature Bridge. We request the Delhi government to give us a place to stay. We have to relocate whenever there is flood in the area….”
Jagdish, who lives in the relief camp in Mayur Vihar Phase 1, said that the Delhi government is providing water, food and ration here. Jagdish said, “Now the water level has risen again, we will have to stay in the camp till the situation becomes normal… We are getting water, food, tea and ration from the Delhi government.”
A woman, a native of Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun, recalled the loss she suffered after her farm was submerged in the Yamuna river, saying she would have no other option but to return to her village if the situation continued. Another woman living temporarily said she could not return to her village as her children were in school and reverse migration would affect their education.
“We are getting food and water here. Clean water comes on tankers. We are unemployed as our fields have been flooded. We cannot even return to the village as our children are going to school,” he said.
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After July 13, the Yamuna was receding gradually after reaching an all-time high of 208.66 metres, but there has been slight fluctuation in the water level in the last two-three days.
After flowing above the limit for eight days, the water level came down to the danger mark at 8 pm on 18 July. The river crossed the danger mark at 5 pm on July 10, causing widespread flooding in the national capital.
Earlier, following a significant improvement in the water-logging situation, the Delhi government had lifted restrictions on the entry of heavy vehicles into the national capital.
“Keeping in view the improvement in the flood situation and receding water level of river Yamuna, it has been decided to withdraw all restrictions imposed by the competent authorities vide orders dated July 13 and 17 with effect from July 19,” an official statement said. ,