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Yamuna continues to flow above danger mark

NEW DELHI, JULY 20.

As the Yamuna continued to flow above the danger mark on Thursday, flood water inundated fresh areas of the Capital along the riverbed forcing a large number of slum dwellers to move to safer places.

Although water level at the Old Yamuna Bridge reached 205.5 metre at 12 noon and reached 205.56 metre by 7 p.m, officials of the Flood Control Department hoped it would start receding by early Friday morning.

As a precautionary measure, however, the Bridge was closed for both rail and road traffic by the officials. This substantially affected the rail movement.

Since early this morning, as the flood water started entering the jhuggis along the Yamuna embankment, slum dwellers started shifting to safer places and transit camps set up by the Government. The worst affected were the residents of the slums of Yamuna Pushta, ITO, and those along the Rajghat.

Meanwhile, the Government continued with its round-the-clock vigil to meet any eventuality. Senior officials of the Flood Control Department were deputed at all 25 control rooms equipped with latest communication sets. A red alert was issued for all the slum dwellers along the Yamuna embankment and people were asked not to go near the river with strong currents.

``Things are under control as of now. We hope the water level would start receding after midnight. However, it will take at least a few days to come back to normal or below the danger mark of 204.83 metre at Old Yamuna Bridge,'' a senior official said.

Water-level crossed the danger mark on Wednesday morning due to a few days of continuous rain in entire north India and the release of extra water from the Tajewala barrage by the Haryana Government.

According to the Flood Control Room, the water level at 6 this morning was 205.40 metre which increased to 205.50 metre at 11 a.m., 205.54 at 4 p.m. and 205.55 at 6 p.m. ``We expect it to reach about 205.6 in stead of the earlier prediction of 205.76,'' officials said.