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    Delhi: Yamuna in spate causes flood of emotions

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    ​Yamuna river flows above the danger mark
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    ​Yamuna river flows above the danger mark

    The swelling Yamuna is forcing people out of their shacks and into tents erected by the civic authorities on higher ground.

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    ​People shifted into tents
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    ​People shifted into tents

    The River Yamuna continued to swell and was flowing above the danger level.

    In pic: A flooded locality along the banks of Yamuna river after rise in its water level following release of water from the Hathinikund Barrage, in New Delhi.

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    ​Media persons click pictures
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    ​Media persons click pictures

    The river was flowing at 206 metres at 11 am. On Monday, the river breached the danger mark of 205.33 metres.

    In pic: Media persons click pictures as the Yamuna river surges following the release of water from the Hathinikund Barrage, in New Delhi.

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    ​Flood alert
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    ​Flood alert

    More than 10,000 people living in low-lying areas along the Yamuna in the city were evacuated by government agencies as the river breached the danger mark on Monday evening.

    In pic: Flooded Yamuna Bazar area as flood alert was sounded in parts of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh as Yamuna and other rivers were in spate. Haryana has asked the Army to remain on standby after 8.14 lakh cusec water was released from the Hathini Kund barrage in the Yamuna river.

    ​Earlier record
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    ​Earlier record

    In 1978, the water in the river had risen to its highest-ever level of 207.49 metres, causing a devastating flood in the national capital.

    In pic: Flooded Yamuna near ISBT.

    ​Flooded cremation area
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    ​Flooded cremation area

    In view of the rising level of water, authorities in Delhi have shut the Old Iron Yamuna Bride for vehicular and rail traffic.

    On Monday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the water level in the river is likely to rise further with more discharge from the Hathnikund barrage by neighbouring Haryana.

    In pic: Flooded cremation area of Nigambodh Ghat.

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