IMD has issued a yellow alert in Delhi on Saturday. The weather department has forecasted moderate rainfall with thunderstorms in the city for the coming 3-4 days. This comes amid an acute flood-like situation in the national capital. Though the water level in River Yamuna is recording a decline, the flood situation in Delhi remains unchanged. The water level in Yamuna was registered at 207.48 metres at 11 pm at Old Railway Bridge.
According to reports, the situation is likely to worsen with continuous rainfall in the coming 3-4 days. The regional meteorological centre has also forecasted a generally cloudy sky with light to moderate rainfall for the next few days in the national capital. IMD scientist, Soma Sen Roy asserted that light to moderate rainfall is expected to occur in Delhi, Haryana and other adjoining areas for the next 5 days. She added that it is further expected that there will be a slight rainfall increase on the 17th and 18th of July. Furthermore, she noted that flooding in Delhi is not due to localized rain but because the Yamuna River has received a lot of water from Himachal and other states.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated that the situation will be normal soon in a couple of days if it doesn’t rain. If it rains then it may take a bit longer. On Friday, he also asserted that the work is being carried out to open the five gates of Yamuna Barrage so that the water flows back to the barrage. He added that the first jammed gate of the ITO Barrage has been opened and soon all five gates will be opened.
Considering the adverse condition in the national capital, the Delhi Disaster Management authority on Thursday ordered that all non-essential government offices, schools and colleges will remain shut till Sunday. It has also banned the entry of heavy goods vehicles, barring those carrying essential items into the city from the four borders.
As per reports, more than 4,500 traffic personnel have been employed in the affected areas in an attempt to decongest traffic and help commuters. The police noted that the traffic restrictions will be lifted on the grounds of how fast the Yamuna water recedes.
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