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.
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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.