Yamuna overflow: Evacuated families forced to stay on roads

One person alleged that most of the shelter homes are full due to which they are forced to sleep on footpaths.

Published: 30th July 2018 08:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2018 08:35 AM   |  A+A-

A woman stands outside her submerged shanty at Yamuna Khadar as the water level of Yamuna river rises in New Delhi on Sunday July 29 2018. | PTI


NEW DELHI: Due to less availability of shelter homes, families residing near old Yamuna Bridge in the national capital are allegedly forced to stay on roads as they were evacuated from their homes after the water level of the river crossed the danger mark.

"Everything is visible here for people to see. We have not been provided any kind of support from the government since we left our houses due to overflow of water in Yamuna river. We are now forced to live on the streets. I was staying near the bridge," one of the members of the families told ANI.

Another one alleged that most of the Rain Baseras (shelter homes) are full due to which they are forced to sleep on footpaths.

"Rain Baseras are full. We were staying in temporary houses near the bridge. However, the government asked us to leave and now we are left with no other means," the person said.

On a related note, the District Magistrate (DM) of East Delhi, K. Mahesh earlier on Sunday ordered closure of traffic on the old Yamuna Bridge with immediate effect after flooding in river Yamuna crossing water level crossed danger mark.

The water level touched 205.46 metres on Sunday, reaching beyond the danger mark of 204.83 metres.

Commuters faced problem as they were stuck in traffic after they reached the bridge unknowingly.

The water level is expected to rise further after over 6,50,000 cusecs of water was released from Haryana.

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