The water level in the river Yamuna rose above the critical level, podtopiv low-lying areas of New Delhi and prompting the evacuation of residents, told reporters on Friday the head city Administration Sheila Dikshit.
Flood began after rain forced the Indian government to lift the closures on the spillway in the state of Haryana, around 250 kilometers north of New Delhi. The volume of incoming water on Wednesday and Thursday exceeded 17,000 cubic meters per second, which compares with 1978, when the flood came to Delhi.
As a result, villages were flooded in the flood plain of the Yamuna and several low-lying areas. City services have equipped some camps, where now there are two thousand people, said Dikshit.
City officials, however, assert that the repetition of the flood 30 years ago will not be. "Discharge of water was 17 thousand cubic meters per second, and is the highest level since 1978, but now it is down, so the threat that we expected, not" — said Dikshit.
Source: RIA Novosti