Arvind Kejriwal urges people to avoid flood waters and evacuate low-lying areas

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An emergency meeting was held by Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, to discuss the increasing water level of the Yamuna river, where he requested those residing in low-lying areas near the river to vacate their homes.

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Due to the water level in the Yamuna river rising to an all-time high, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chaired an emergency meeting and advised people living in low-lying areas to vacate their homes.

The water level was expected to reach 207.72 meters by Wednesday night, but it reached the expected level by Wednesday afternoon.

This is a dangerous situation, as the level shot up to 205.4 meters from 203.14 meters on Sunday at 11 am to 5 pm on Monday, breaching the danger mark of 205.33 meters, 18 hours earlier than expected.


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked people to evacuate their homes in low-lying areas near the Yamuna river as the water level is likely to rise further. He instructed them to take their essentials and relocate to safer areas or tents.

Kejriwal listed the areas affected by the heavy rainfall, which includes Boat club, Monastery Market, Yamuna bazar, Geeta ghat, Vishwakarma colony, Khadda colony, Garhi Mandu, DND – Pushta Mayur Vihar, the stretch from Majnu-ka-tilla to Waziarabad, and Badarpur Khadar.

He also urged people not to go and see the floodwaters as it is dangerous.

Relief camps will be set up in six districts close to the river and all district magistrates have been ordered to convert schools into relief camps if necessary. 50 boats will be deployed in Delhi from Palla to Okhla Barrage to aid operations.

Kejriwal has requested the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to assist the situation in the national capital.

He has also written to the Union Home Minister to manage the flow of water being released from Haryana’s Hathnikund barrage in a controlled manner.

Delhi Police has imposed Section 144 CrPC in flood-prone areas as the water from the river overflows into the city.

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