Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has issued a fervent appeal to residents living in low-lying areas near the Yamuna river floodplains to evacuate their homes without delay, as water levels continue to rise to unprecedented heights. Kejriwal’s warning comes as the capital city grapples with the alarming situation caused by the swelling river. In a press conference, the chief minister stressed the urgency of the situation, stating, “The water will enter your houses, there will be no time, and it will be harmful for you and your life. Requesting everyone with folded hands, please don’t wait.”
Highlighting the severity of the situation, Kejriwal further emphasized, “I request everyone to vacate their homes in the low-lying areas. There are several places affected by the rise in the level of water in Yamuna River.” He also urged residents to refrain from taking selfies or capturing videos of the flooded river, cautioning against the potential dangers involved.
The water level of the Yamuna River in Delhi has now reached a historic high of 207.71 meters, with no rainfall recorded in the past 2-3 days, as shared by Kejriwal during the press conference. Expressing his concerns, he revealed, “Water is entering Delhi from Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. Regarding this, I have also written a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, requesting him to reduce the flow of water entering Delhi. Only then can we prevent the Yamuna River from overflowing.”
Kejriwal shared a copy of his letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Twitter. However, he disclosed that Union Minister Gajendra Shekhawat informed him that it was not feasible to control the flow rate of the river due to the absence of a reservoir at Hathinikund Barrage. Shekhawat further explained that the volume of water being released from Himachal Pradesh to Haryana has decreased, which will eventually impact the water level in the Yamuna.
In response to the critical situation, Delhi Police has imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in flood-prone areas as a precautionary measure to ensure public safety. Police stations located in flood-prone regions have been instructed to shift to higher floors, while neighboring police stations have been placed on high alert as the Yamuna River breaches the danger level and water levels continue to rise.
The Delhi government has already taken proactive steps to evacuate residents residing in low-lying areas, relocating them to safer locations at higher altitudes. Police personnel and Civil Defence Volunteers have been deployed to assist at these sites, and advisories are being issued to keep people away from the riverbanks.
Moreover, the administration has set up 2,500 tents across six districts of the national capital to accommodate those affected by the floods. These camps, situated in elevated areas, offer temporary shelter to displaced individuals and families.
As the situation unfolds, authorities are working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of the public, prioritizing timely communication and necessary actions to minimize the impact of the flooding caused by the surging Yamuna River.