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Yamuna crosses danger mark, 1,500 Delhiites evacuated

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New Delhi, July 28 : The Delhi government said that the process of evacuation in the vulnerable areas is underway as the water level in Yamuna river continues to rise above the danger mark following intermittent rainfall.

District Magistrate of East Delhi said that 1,500 people have moved from low-lying areas so far. “550 tents have been pitched across 10 locations in east district. If more people need to be evacuated and accommodated, we have schools and night shelters,” news agency ANI quoted the DM as saying.

The water level is way above the danger mark at 250.46 metres on Sunday morning. It rose from 250.06 metres which was recorded on Saturday.

Army is on the stand-by for any emergency

 

According to local residents, the Delhi government has deployed ambulances and is rehabilitating people living in low-lying areas. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also been informed by the officials that evacuation of residents of vulnerable areas have begun and they have started putting up tents to accommodate them.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday held a review meeting with officials concerned on the preparedness to tackle flood-like situation in low-lying areas of Delhi.

The meeting was held after neighbouring Haryana released 5 lakh cusecs of water from the Hathnikund Barrage into the river. In a tweet, Kejriwal said that the water is likely to reach Delhi by Sunday evening.

“Kejriwal, who met officials of Irrigation and Flood Control Department and other stakeholders, was informed by officials that they are prepared and on alert for any situation. They said that quick response teams have also been activated for emergency,” an official statement said.

The Chief Minister directed that Control Room Emergency Number 1077 must be advertised to make more and more people aware of it.

“Departments concerned were asked to deploy officials at the flood control rooms round the clock for 3-4 days. All departments have been assigned respective duties and put on alert,” a Delhi government statement said.

“The supply of power, good food and drinking water to the people must be ensured and no stone left unturned to take care of them. Emergency medical teams will also be put on duty for evacuated people and to deal with any medical emergencies,” Kejriwal told officials.

Kejriwal ordered the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) to activate and place their mobile toilets around the tents being put up.

Furthermore, power companies were asked to deploy officials at the Flood Control Room round the clock.

“All power companies have been asked to arrange power in these tents 24×7 once people are shifted there,” Kejriwal asserted.

The evacuation of hundreds of people began on Saturday after the Yamuna crossed the danger mark at 205.06 metres. 43 rescue boats were also deployed for rescue and evacuation procedure. The Delhi government also held an emergency meeting for the water released at Hathinikund barrage in Haryana. On Saturday evenings, more than 5 lakh cusec of water we released from the barrage.

 

 

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Delhi-NCR wakes up to rain

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New Delhi, Nov 14: The national capital on Wednesday witnessed rains in the morning with the minimum temperature recorded at 17.6 degrees Celsius, four notches above season’s average.

“There has been light drizzles in the Delhi-NCR belt since Tuesday night. The sky will remain cloudy throughout the day with light rains. No rain is expected tomorrow,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi continued to breathe “very poor” air  with the Air Quality Index (AQI) at 9 a.m. recorded  355 with prominent pollutants being PM 2.5 and PM 10.

Meanwhile, the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir saw fresh snowfall and rains and according to the Met forecast scattered rains and snow to continue till Thursday.

Kargil in Ladakh region was the coldest at minus 7 degrees Celsius, while Leh was minus 1.4.

Jammu city recorded 15.2 degrees Celsius while Katra was at 11.7.

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2 Killed In Fire At High-Rise In Mumbai’s Andheri

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Mumbai, Nov 13 : At least two persons were killed when a fire broke out on the 10-11 floors of a building in Andheri West, late on Tuesday night, an official said.

The fire was reported around 10.10 p.m. in the middle floors of the 21-storied Kadam Nagar SRA Building on Veera Desai Road, police said.

“The fire has now been confined to electrical wiring, household articles, furniture in a flat on the 10th floor and in some portion of a flat on the 11th floor,” a fire official said.

At least 10 firetenders and other specialised equipment were rushed to the scene to battle the fire.

Rescuers managed to retrieve two victims who were taken to a hospital and were declared dead, said the BMC Disaster Control.

Details of the cause of the fire and the victims’ identity were not immediately available.

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UP cabinet ratifies name change of Allahabad, Faizabad

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Lucknow, Nov 13 : The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday ratified the renaming of Faizabad as Ayodhya and Allahabad as Prayagraj district, an official spokesman said.

The cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, also decided that the Faizabad division would now be known as Ayodhya division and the Allahabad division as Prayagraj.

The cabinet also approved the tabling of the report of the Judicial Commission that probed the death of 25 persons in a stampede at Rajghat bridge in Varanasi in October 2016.

The cabinet also approved a proposal to award the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Award of Merit to good teachers of the financially unaided schools of the state.

There are 19,275 such schools in the state and under the award scheme, one teacher each from every division would be given Rs 25,000.

The cabinet also fixed the minimum support price (MSP) of maize at Rs 1,700 per quintal and okayed Rs 20 as carrying charges in addition to the MSP.

The procurement would be conducted in 20 districts and a budget of Rs 214.90 crore has been fixed for buying one lakh metric tonnes.

An Amendment (Fifth) in the rule book of the Medical University Service was also made, paving the way for the post of Assistant Professor in place of Lecturer.

The cabinet also approved the transfer of 48.03 square meters of land at the government polytechnic on Faizabad road in Lucknow to the Lucknow Metro and acquisition of 130 buildings around the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi for the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project.

166 houses have already been acquired. The government has earmarked Rs 413 crore for this, of which Rs 190 crore has been sanctioned.

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