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Delhi: As the Yamuna rises, the old railway bridge is closed to train traffic

<p>On Monday morning, the Yamuna in Delhi flowed more than a metre beyond the danger level of 205.33 meters, prompting officials to halt rail traffic on the Old Railway Bridge (ORB).</p>
<p>After hitting a record-high water level of 208.66 meters on July 13, the river’s level at the ORB has been circling dangerously close to that mark ever since. On Sunday, it crossed the danger line once again as a result of an increase in the Hathnikund barrage’s river flow after widespread flooding in regions of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.</p>
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According to a railway official, the suspension of train traffic on the ORB is a result of the Yamuna’s rising water level. “The route between Delhi and Shahdara will remain suspended, and trains will be diverted via New Delhi,” the spokesman said.</p>
<p>The continuing relief and restoration efforts in the flood-affected low-lying parts of the capital are anticipated to be impacted by the rise in the river’s water level, according to authorities. The water level increased from 205.02 meters at 10 p.m. on Saturday to 206.57 meters at 3 a.m. on Monday before it began to decline once again, according to statistics from the Central Water Commission (CWC).</p>
<p>At 8 am, the water level was 206.54 meters, and by 2 pm, it was predicted to fall to 206.42 meters. Heavy to very heavy rain has been predicted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for portions of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand through July 25.</p>
<p>The flow rate at the Hathnikund barrage, which is situated in Yamunanagar, surpassed one lakh cusecs around 9 am on Saturday, according to CWC data, and fluctuated between two lakh and 2.5 lakh cusecs between 10 am and 5 pm.</p>
<p>Officials from the Delhi Irrigation and Flood Control Department said that the rehabilitation of the affected households in the flooded low-lying parts of the capital would be impacted by the heavy rain in the upstream sections of the river and they may have to remain in relief camps for a longer duration.</p>
<p>It may also have an effect on Delhi’s water supply, which was interrupted for four or five days in the middle of July as a result of the flooding of a pump house in Wazirabad. The Wazirabad, Chandrawal, and Okhla treatment facilities, which together provide around 25% of the city’s supply, receive raw water from the pump house.</p>
<p>This month, Delhi struggled with record flooding and waterlogging. On July 8 and 9, a deluge initially caused severe waterlogging, with the city getting 125% of its monthly rainfall allowance in only two days. In the wake of this, the Yamuna river swelled to record levels in the higher catchment regions, including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Haryana.</p>
<p>The Yamuna significantly exceeded its previous record of 207.49 meters established in September 1978 as it reached 208.66 meters on July 13. More deeply than it has in more than 40 years, it burst embankments and entered the city. More than 27,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes due to the terrible effects of the floods. The damages suffered in terms of real estate, enterprises, and incomes totaled millions.</p>
<p>The extraordinary flooding in Delhi is blamed on encroachment on the river floodplain, very heavy rain in a short period of time, and silt buildup that has risen the river bed, according to experts.</p>

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