Delhi Faces Flood-Like Situation, IMD Predicts More Rainfall in Coming Days

As several low-lying areas near the Yamuna River in the national capital of Delhi experience flood-like conditions, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted the possibility of further light to moderate rainfall in Delhi, Haryana, and adjoining areas over the next five days.

IMD scientist Soma Sen Roy stated, “We expect light to moderate rainfall in Delhi, Haryana, and nearby regions for the next five days. There may be a slight increase in rainfall on July 17th and 18th. However, the flooding in Delhi is not solely caused by localized rain; it is primarily due to the increased water flow from the Yamuna River originating in Himachal Pradesh and other states.”

Addressing the situation, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal assured that the Delhi government is taking all necessary measures to facilitate the discharge of water entering the capital. On Thursday, a total of 23,692 individuals were evacuated from the Yamuna’s adjacent areas in Delhi as the water level continued to surpass the danger mark, according to an official statement.

Soma Sen Roy, IMD scientist said, “Light to moderate rainfall is likely to occur in Delhi, Haryana, and adjoining areas for the next 5 days. We are expecting a slight increase in rainfall on the 17th and 18th July. However, the flooding in Delhi is not due to localized rain but because the Yamuna River has received a lot of water from Himachal and other states.” 

The Delhi Government reported that currently, 21,092 people are residing in tents and shelters. Additionally, 12 teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescued 1,022 individuals on Thursday.

NDRF DIG Mohsen Shahidi provided an update, stating that the situation in Delhi has shown improvement compared to the previous day. He mentioned that seven NDRF teams have been deployed in Delhi, successfully evacuating people from affected areas. Shahidi added that the situation is under control and is expected to further improve by the following day.

With the possibility of more rainfall ahead, authorities remain vigilant and continue their efforts to manage the flooding situation in Delhi and ensure the safety and well-being of the affected residents.

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