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River Yamuna exceeds warning level likely to overflow further

Yamuna river has crossed the warning mark of 204.5 metres in Delhi again on 17 August.

This comes as Haryana releasing more water from the Hathnikund barrage amid rains in the upper catchment areas, officials told PTI. A forecast issued by the Central Water Commission said the river is likely to rise to 205.25 metres by 9 pm and remain stable thereafter.

The river had breached the danger mark of 205.33 metres on Friday following heavy rains in the upper catchment areas, prompting authorities to evacuate around 7,000 people from low-lying areas. 

The water level had receded below the warning mark on Monday and stood at 203.96 metres at 6 pm on Tuesday. However, the water level rose again and crossed the warning mark around midnight. It stood at 204.89 metres at 7 am on Wednesday, the Delhi government’s flood control room said.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said widespread rainfall “with isolated heavy falls” is very likely over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand over the next two-three days.

The catchment of the Yamuna river system covers parts of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.

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