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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.

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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.

 

 

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Prank call made at Kerjiwal’s residence

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New Delhi, Jan 21 : Delhi Police have registered a complaint against an unknown caller who on Monday called up Delhi Chief Minister’s residence, saying that a man named ‘Bholo’ was planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal, said a police officer.

An attendant received a call on a land line number at Arvind Kejriwal residence in north Delhi around 11.30 a.m. on Monday.

“The caller did not disclose his identity and said he was calling from Vikaspuri area of west Delhi. He further said that he wants to alert the security staff of the Chief Minister that a man named ‘Bhola’ is planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal,” Delhi Police Additional PRO, Anil Mittal said.

“We have registered a case against the unknown man on the complaint of Personal Security Officer of Arvind Kejriwal. Prima facie it appeared to be a prank call,” Mittal said.

“The cyber cell and intelligence wing of Delhi Police are investigating the case to identify the caller,” the officer added.

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Swift police action saves woman from being burned alive

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Patna, Jan 21 (IANS) A quick action by police saved a woman from being burned alive on Monday in Bihar’s Bhojpur district.

“As soon as we got to know that some people are trying to burn a woman alive at a cremation ground in Saripur village on the banks of river Sone, a police team rushed to the site and rescued her,” a police officer, Avadesh Kumar Singh, said.

Singh said a case was lodged against half-a-dozen people of her family and the police have began investigating into it.

“All accused fled the site as they saw the police team approaching them,” he said.

It was, however, not immediately known why her family members were trying to set her on fire.

The woman has been admitted to a government hospital.

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Rains turn Delhi cool, maximum temperature to fall further

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 4 p.m on Monday stood at 346 (very poor), against Sunday’s “severe” air quality at 404.

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New Delhi, Jan 21 : Light rains accompanied by winds on Monday turned Delhi pleasantly cool with the maximum temperature dropping to 22 degrees Celsius, against Sunday’s 28.7 degrees – warmest January day since 2012.

“At Safdarjung, Delhi recorded 1.2 mm of rainfall on Monday. This kind of weather will continue to bring down the maximum and increase minimum temperatures in Delhi by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius for the next 2-3 days,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS.

On Tuesday, he said, the national capital will again witness light rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and gusty winds. “This will further bring down the maximum temperature to 20 degrees Celsius. However, the minimum is likely to remain at 11 degrees,” the official said.

As per the IMD, this sudden change in the weather is owing to two western disturbances over the northern hills and its induced cyclonic circulation over the northwestern plains which is expected to remain till the end of the week.

In terms of pollution, the authorities have forecast an improvement in Delhi’s air quality from “very poor” to “poor” by Wednesday.

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 4 p.m on Monday stood at 346 (very poor), against Sunday’s “severe” air quality at 404.

“A significant improvement is expected further as there is an appreciable increase in the wind speed to 4.6 kmph from Sunday’s 2.8 kmph. Due to the predicted rainfall, air quality is likely to improve to ‘poor’ levels by Wednesday,” System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research said in its daily pollution analysis.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), Faridabad at 319, Ghaziabad at 375, Greater Noida at 357 and Noida at 352 also improved to “very poor”. Gurugram, on the other hand, recorded “poor” quality of air.

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