Delhi’s Yamuna River Reaches Record-Breaking Water Level, Breaks 45-year-old record. Urgent Measures Taken

Delhi’s Yamuna River after rising steadily for the previous four days, the Yamuna River’s water level has been stable for the past three hours. Breaking a 45-year-old record, the water levels of the Yamuna River surged to 208.48 meters at 11 pm on Wednesday. Officials had anticipated further increase in the water levels.

Delhi's Yamuna River


All schools, colleges, and non-essential government agencies are to be closed till Sunday as a result, according to a directive from the Delhi government.
Temporary closure of entry and exit at the Yamuna Bank metro station on the Blue Line has been implemented by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) due to the rising water level. However, interchange facilities are still available, and Blue Line services are operating normally.


Delhi witnessed a rapid surge in the water level of the Delhi’s Yamuna River in recent days, reaching 205.4 meters at 5 pm on Monday, surpassing the danger mark of 205.33 meters. This occurred 18 hours earlier than anticipated. As a precautionary measure in flood-prone areas, the Delhi police have imposed section 144 CrPC. The Delhi government has evacuated a total of 16,564 people from low-lying areas to safer locations, with 14,534 currently residing in tents/shelters across the city. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has urgently requested the Central Water Commission to take necessary actions to address this impending crisis.

As a consequence of the rising water level in the Yamuna River, significant waterlogging has been reported in low-lying areas near Kashmere Gate and ITO. ITO serves as a vital route for commuters traveling from east Delhi to central Delhi and Connaught Place. Other affected areas include Chandgiram Akhada, Civil Lines, and the Nigam Bodh Ghat.

Authorities have issued a high alert for 83 villages in Agra, spanning from Yamuna to Chambal, as the water level in the river is expected to rise further. Agra District Magistrate Navneet Singh Chahal conducted an inspection of the Pinahat area in Agra and Chambal.

What CM has to say on Delhi’s Yamuna River Flood:

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, attributing the rise in Yamuna’s water level to the substantial release of water from Haryana’s Hathnikund barrage. As per a senior official, 3 lakh cusecs of water have been discharged from the Agra side of the Gokul barrage. Authorities have expressed concerns that the water level of the Yamuna River in the urban area of Agra may rise on the night of July 13.
Mr. Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi, announcing the closure of all government and private schools in waterlogged areas of Delhi.

What’s happening in Delhi:

Officials reported traffic disruption in one carriageway of the outer ring road near the Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) Kashmere Gate due to flooding. Traffic congestion is observed on the ring road from Rajghat towards ITO, with waterlogging near the ITO traffic intersection. Similar situations are witnessed in many areas near Civil Lines, according to the Delhi Police. Commuters are advised to avoid the outer ring road between Wazirabad Bridge and Chandgi Ram Akhara, as well as Mahatma Gandhi Marg between IP Flyover and Chandgi Ram Akhara and between Kalighat Mandir and Delhi Secretariat. Bhairon Road is closed for traffic due to drainage overflow near the railway under bridge, as confirmed by the Delhi Police. Chief Minister Kejriwal had previously cautioned about the possibility of backflow from the Yamuna into certain drains, potentially causing flooding in areas distant from the river.

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