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500 people evacuated as Yamuna rises
New Delhi, Aug 22 (Agencies/IANS):
Published on 22 Aug. 2010 11:39 PM IST
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The volume of water in the flooded River Yamuna further increased after 2.69 lakh cusecs of water was released from Hathnikund barrage near Yamuna Nagar on Sunday.
The state administration has sent warning signals to the villages along the banks of the river.As per our information 3, 04, 674 cusecs has been recorded. The water level has increased. All the villages near the bank of Yamuna River have been alerted,” said Rajendra Singh, Junior Engineer (JE), Hathnikund Barrage.
“As per the Yamuna terminology when 2.5 lakh cusecs water is released from Hathnikund barrage it is termed as high flood level,” he added.
He further said that the authorities have taken all preventive and safety measures, advising the possible affected human habitats.
Around 500 people living close to the river bank have been evacuated and shifted to camps that have been set up in safer areas, according to officials.
Some 20 camps have been set up to provide shelter to the people affected by the rise in water level, and arrangements for medical and food facilities have also been made.
Monsoon throws
Delhi out of gear
Waterlogging, traffic snarls, stinking garbage and an outbreak of dengue...Delhi’s perennial problems during the monsoon continue and the authorities seem to have no permanent solutions.
“Due to lack of proper civic amenities like proper drainage system, waterlogging has been reported in most areas. Even during light showers, vehicles break down on the roads, causing heavy traffic jams across the city,” a Delhi traffic police official told IANS, requesting anonymity.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also experienced what all Delhi commuters go through when she went to inspect the Commonwealth Games work and got stuck in traffic jam for two hours owing to waterlogging on a rainy day last month.
But the authorities concerned have no permanent solutions so far to resolve the civic problems due to rains.
“Several agencies are involved in the civic work. Even as the Games are knocking the door, these agencies are passing the buck on each other, instead of taking effective steps to resolve the problems,” Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Working Committee Chairman Jagdish Mamgain said.
“By blaming the MCD alone, the problems will not get solved. Every year, Delhi faces monsoon woes. All government agencies blame each other but don’t do their job,” he said.
“If there is waterlogging or road caves in at a particular area, government agencies should swing into action without taking into account whose jurisdiction it belongs to. They should then take action, pass out a letter or impose fine on the agency concerned,” he added.
Apart from traffic snarls and waterlogging, several incidents of electrocution, in which mostly children lost their lives due to unattended low-lying high tension wires, are reported frequently during the monsoon.
Adding to the woes of the people, Delhi recorded an outbreak of dengue as, according to many, trenches dug up for the “beautification and street-scaping” in several areas ahead of the Commonwealth Games, have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
As many as 384 dengue cases have been reported so far, according to the MCD. However, the capital’s private hospitals informed that many more are affected by the vector-borne disease.
“Water is stagnating in our area due to the construction work ahead of the Commonwealth Games and it has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Many women and children have fallen ill here,” said Junaid, a resident of Batla House in south Delhi.

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