Deluge Strikes Delhi Once Again: Desperate Race to Open Jammed Flood Gates – Here’s What You Need to Know
In a relentless onslaught, heavy rain has returned to Delhi, plunging the city into a state of severe flooding and triggering a frantic race to open jammed flood gates. With record-breaking showers and skyrocketing water levels in the Yamuna River that courses through the heart of the capital, Delhi is battling against the elements. Here are the key developments unfolding amidst the chaos:
- Race Against Time: Authorities are engaged in a race against time to clear choked roads and open the gates of the Yamuna Barrage, which are obstructed by silt. The release of water from the Hathni Kund Barrage in neighboring Haryana has further exacerbated the flooding, displacing thousands residing along the riverbanks.
- CM’s Assurance: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has assured the public that every effort is being made to open all five gates of the Yamuna Barrage, facilitating the smooth drainage of floodwater. While the water level in the Yamuna is receding, the situation remains critical and contingent upon the arrival of more rain.
2Elevated Alert: Although the “severe” flood alert has been downgraded, Delhi remains on high alert. After surpassing a 45-year record by reaching a peak of 208.66 meters earlier this week, the Yamuna’s water level has slightly receded to 206.97 meters.
Rescue Operations: Rescue operations are underway as authorities work tirelessly to evacuate residents and animals from areas submerged in chest-deep water. Roadways have transformed into turbulent streams, exacerbating transportation and accessibility challenges.
- Food Scarcity Concerns: The scarcity of food in low-lying areas has intensified concerns among residents, adding urgency to the ongoing crisis. To address the situation, two task forces have been deployed from Meerut to assist in relief efforts.
- Blame Game: With the Delhi government facing criticism over the severe waterlogging, Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj has accused the BJP-led central government and Haryana government of deliberately releasing water toward the national capital. In response, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij has denied the allegations, emphasizing the need for collaborative efforts to mitigate the crisis.
- Forces Mobilized: The Indian Army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been summoned to tackle the unfolding calamity. As floodwaters inundate central areas of Delhi, including ITO and Rajghat, even the Supreme Court and several crematoriums, such as Nigam Bodh Ghat, have been affected.
- Tragic Losses: In a devastating incident, three boys lost their lives on Friday while attempting to swim in the floodwaters at northwest Delhi’s Mukundpur Chowk. These tragic deaths mark the first reported casualties since the Yamuna River crossed the danger mark.
- Traffic Management: To alleviate congestion and aid commuters, the local government has deployed over 4,500 traffic personnel in the affected areas. Additionally, heavy goods vehicles, except those carrying essential items, have been temporarily banned from entering Delhi via the city’s four borders.
- Safety Precautions: In the interest of public safety, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority has ordered the closure of non-essential government offices, schools, and colleges until Sunday.
As Delhi battles this torrential downpour and strives to minimize the impact of the deluge, the situation remains tense. Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story as the city fights to regain normalcy amidst the relentless rains.