Flood threat looms large over Indian capital

17:17, September 23, 2010      

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The threat of an impending flood loomed large over the Indian capital Thursday, after the city's main river Yamuna has crossered two meters above the danger level mark of 207 meters for the first time in three decades.

"Several low-lying areas are already submerged. The water level is expected to go up further by the afternoon, particularly after the neighboring state of Haryana released 750,000 cusec of water into the river," a senior government official said.

However, all contingent arrangements have been made to deal with the situation in case of floods in the national capital which has been witnessing prolonged monsoon this year.

Meanwhile, the Indian Railways has cancelled 22 trains in view of the closure of the old Yamuna bridge and announced diversion of 65 other trains.

The National Highway, which connects the city with Lucknow, the state capital of neighboring Uttar Pradesh, and Bareilly-Badaun road in the state also remained closed due to flood.

Source: Xinhua


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