Indian capital facing threat as heavy downpour continues

11:26, August 22, 2010      

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Threat of a flood in Delhi looms large along the Yamuna river here as the overnight rains caused the river to rise above the danger mark of 204 meters, an official said Saturday.

The Delhi government has put its officials on alert in case a need arises to evacuate people from the hutments along the banks of the river.

"The water level of Yamuna has crossed the danger level and flowing 11 cm above the danger mark due to incessant rains. There is a chance of floods in those area. So, we have evacuated people living along the river banks and relief camps have been set up to accommodate them," said an official of the local government.

The civic authorities and disaster officials have been put on alert in case of an emergency, he added.

Also the capital witnessed chaos Saturday due to incessant rains. Water logging of streets was reported from major parts of the city.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the city got 31. 7 mm of rainfall in the last 15 hours.

The capital has received a total 617 mm of rainfall this monsoon. It was the third consecutive day of monsoon rains in Delhi.

Saturday morning saw major traffic snarls as well. The uncleared debris on roads due to construction work for the Commonwealth Games further added to water logging.

Source: Xinhua


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