Delhi flood: Heavy rain lashes parts of city, waterlogging causes traffic congestion

Heavy rain in Delhi caused waterlogging and traffic congestion, adding to the flooding already experienced in parts of the city. The Yamuna River has breached its banks, leading to unprecedented flooding, and further rain is expected to raise the water level even more.

By Press Trust of India: Heavy rain lashed several areas of Delhi on Saturday, causing waterlogging and traffic congestion in the city, parts of which are already reeling from flooding over the past few days.

The national capital is facing unprecedented flooding due to the Yamuna breaching its banks following days of heavy rain in its upper catchment areas.

The rain brought the mercury in the city down a notch to 34.6 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department said.

Delhi Flood News LIVE updates: Traffic jams across Delhi-NCR after heavy rain; Yamuna level recedes

The raging Yamuna showed signs of calming on Saturday after days of continuous rise, even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal warned that the crisis was still not over. The river’s water level is receding slowly, but several areas, such as ITO and Indraprastha, remain waterlogged. Delhi has been witnessing a flood catastrophe for the past few days due to heavy rainfall and the release of excess water from Hathnikund Barrage in Haryana in view of the torrential rainfall in Himachal Pradesh and several other parts of northern India. While some roads have opened for commuters, others still remain closed due to waterlogging. On Friday, three boys drowned while bathing in the flooded Yamuna water in Mukundpur Chowk. Meanwhile, speed restrictions on Delhi metro trains running over bridges over Yamuna were removed as the water level started to drop by a few centimetres. Stay tuned with for live updates on the Delhi flood crisis.


Delhi flood: AAP smells conspiracy behind overflowing Yamuna, BJP retorts


The AAP alleged that a conspiracy was being hatched to release excess water from Hathnikund Barrage towards Delhi and contributed to the flood situation. The BJP hit back saying the Delhi government was “evading responsibility” and blaming other states just like it did during the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Amit Bhardwaj: As the Yamuna began to recede gradually after touching a record high of 208.66 metres, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has alleged that a conspiracy was hatched to “drown” Delhi by releasing excess water from Hathnikund Barrage in Haryana towards the national capital.

Addressing a press conference, Delhi Irrigation and Flood Control Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj said the flood situation was a conspiracy to “drown” the city.

“Delhi is being deliberately drowned. Excess water from Hathnikund Barrage was sent only to Delhi. There was also a conspiracy to inundate all important institutions of Delhi, including the Supreme Court,” he said.

He claimed that excess water from the barrage was not being released towards the Western Canal in Haryana and the Eastern Canal in Uttar Pradesh.




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