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Delhi flood: Rail traffic on old Yamuna bridge restored after brief halt due to rising water level

The rail traffic on the bridge had been closed after the water level in Yamuna crossed the danger mark.

Written by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: July 30, 2018 14:19 IST ]
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Water level in Yamuna crosses danger mark 

The rail traffic on the old Yamuna bridge has been restored after it was temporarily closed on Monday. Continuous rise in water level of the river had forced the closure of the ‘Loha Pul’, which was followed by cancellation of 27 passenger trains and diversion of 7.

The water level of Yamuna is safe enough for the passing of trains, said CPRO Northern Railway, Nitin Chowdhary. Railway engineers are continuously monitoring the site and bridge health, he added.

The Indian Railways had on Monday confirmed that the water level in Yamuna rose to 205.53 mark.

The District Magistrate (DM) of East Delhi, K Mahesh had on Sunday ordered the closure of traffic on the old Yamuna bridge after flooding in river Yamuna had crossed water level danger mark.

The water level on Sunday touched 205.46 metres, which was beyond the danger mark of 204.83 metres. The water level is further expected to rise after over 6,50,000 cusecs of water was released from Haryana.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas on Sunday, as more than three dozen villages had waterlogged in two districts of the state due to overflowing of Yamuna.

He also instructed the concerned officers to conduct a revenue survey to assess the crop damage due to heavy rains.

Also Read | Haryana CM conducts aerial survey as Yamuna inundates state villages

More than 1000 people were evacuated from the low-lying areas near Yamuna river on Saturday evening.

The Delhi government is set to make a public announcement on Monday, to spread awareness among on the danger level mark. The decision was taken in a high-level meeting called by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The Yamuna passes through Yamunanagar, Karnal and Panipat districts in Haryana before entering Delhi.

The MeT department on Saturday had predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in entire north India for the next couple of days, which could result in further swelling of rivers in the region. 

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