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Monsoon Fury: Delhi Govt Issues Yamuna Surge Warning As Hathnikund Volume Rises | indian news

NEW DELHI/MEERUT: A new spell of rain in the mountainous states caused the release of large volumes of water from the hathnikund bombing in the Yamuna on Saturday, forcing the Delhi government to issue a warning to people who had returned to their homes in low-lying areas.

Senior officials at the Dadupur water services division of Haryana’s Yamuna Nagar district, where administrative control of the dam is located, confirmed that more than 2.51 lakh cusecs of water was released, forcing engineers to shut off the flow to the eastern and western Yamuna canals, which run to Uttar Pradesh and Haryana respectively, and directing all flow into the main stream of the river.

“The release rate had risen to 2.51 lakh cusecs on Saturday morning. As of 3 pm, the water flow was still above 2.3 lakh cusecs. We had to close the canals in the morning because the rules do not allow us to continue feeding them beyond one lakh cusecs,” said supervising engineer Ravi Mittal.

After breaking the danger mark of 205.33 meters on Friday afternoon, the Yamuna water level it had fallen again on Saturday. It was recorded at 205.09 meters at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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Usually, it takes around 72 hours for the water released by the Hathnikund Dam to reach Delhi. Since the river has already regained its space and is flowing to the edge, authorities in Delhi said the impact of the release will be seen in the capital in about 48 hours.

It is the first time since July 11, when 3.59 lakh cusecs of water was discharged from the Hathnikund Dam, that the release has peaked again. The heavy rains, coupled with a sustained high-volume release of the shelling, caused a large number of villages and farmlands in western UP and Haryana to be inundated, as well as inundating parts of the capital. The water level in Delhi at the old railway bridge had reached an all-time high of 208.66 meters on July 13.
However, another Haryana official said the discharge had started to drop again and had fallen to 1.73 lakh cusecs as of 7 p.m.

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