Once more, the Yamuna defiantly surpasses its perilous threshold, as the relentless rains continue to drench the city of Delhi.

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In a heart-pounding turn of events, the Yamuna River in Delhi has once again shattered all barriers, surpassing the danger mark with remarkable speed. Just when we thought the danger had passed, less than 12 hours later, the river surged back to life, defying expectations amidst relentless rain that engulfed the national capital and the upper reaches of the river. The Central Water Commission’s data unveiled the astonishing truth: the water level skyrocketed to 205.48 meters at 8 am, and within a single hour, it soared even higher, reaching a staggering 205.60 meters. Hold on tight, for it is predicted to rise further, aiming for an awe-inspiring 205.72 meters by 6 pm!

Meanwhile, the Hathnikund barrage witnessed a thrilling uptick in the flow rate on Tuesday afternoon. The numbers danced tantalizingly between 50,000 and 60,000 cusecs, painting a vivid picture of the river’s unstoppable power. However, in a sudden twist, the flow rate dropped to approximately 39,000 cusecs by 7 am on Wednesday, reminding us of the sheer force that lies within a single cusec—equivalent to a breathtaking 28.32 liters per second!

Adding to the captivating drama, the India Meteorological Department issued an electrifying warning. Heavy to very heavy rain would pound isolated areas in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh until July 22, while Delhi itself would experience a captivating display of moderate showers on this very Wednesday. Nature is truly putting on a show!

Interestingly, the water level in the Yamuna River had tantalizingly dipped below the danger mark of 205.33 meters by 8 pm on Tuesday, marking a fleeting moment of respite after eight relentless days above the threshold. However, the respite was short-lived, as the water level receded to 205.22 meters at 5 am on Wednesday, only to surge upwards once more. This unexpected twist may have grave consequences, potentially impeding the rehabilitation efforts for families affected by the floods in low-lying areas of the capital. Will they have to endure an extended stay in the relief camps, caught in the midst of this gripping saga?
Moreover, the impact extends beyond human lives. The surging water level threatens to disrupt the city’s water supply, which had just returned to normal on Tuesday after enduring four to five days of turmoil due to the inundation of the Wazirabad pump house. This vital facility supplies raw water to the Wazirabad, Chandrawal, and Okhla water treatment plants, which collectively contribute a staggering 25 percent of the city’s water supply. Can the city overcome this watery obstacle and ensure its residents have access to this precious resource?

It was only on Friday that the Yamuna River first unveiled its destructive power, reaching the rear ramparts of the iconic Red Fort and inundating the bustling bus terminal at Kashmere Gate. The Ring Road, which spans the floodplains, was forced to remain shuttered near Kashmere Gate for an astonishing three consecutive days. The consequences of these calamitous floods have been nothing short of devastating, with over 27,000 brave souls evacuated from their homes. The losses incurred in terms of property, businesses, and earnings have amounted to astronomical figures, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

Experts have delved into the mysteries behind this unprecedented flooding in Delhi, unveiling a captivating narrative. Encroachment upon the fragile floodplains, coupled with the onslaught of extreme rainfall within condensed timeframes, and the ominous accumulation of silt that has elevated the riverbed, all stand accused. A study titled “Urban Flooding and its Management,” conducted by the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, identifies east Delhi as a vulnerable region within the floodplain area. Despite this glaring warning, the region has witnessed rampant encroachment and rapid development, blatantly ignoring nature’s warning signs.
Letters exchanged between the Delhi Forest Department and the Delhi Development Authority—the primary land-owning agency in the city—paint a vivid picture of this audacity. Since 2009, an astonishing 2,480 hectares of land in the Yamuna floodplains have fallen prey to encroachment or undergone rampant development, forever altering the delicate balance of nature’s design. It’s a shocking tale of human arrogance in the face of nature’s relentless power.

For over a week now, various parts of the city have been engaged in an epic struggle against relentless waterlogging and devastating flooding. The saga began with an intense downpour on July 8 and 9, pushing the city beyond its limits as it received a jaw-dropping 125 percent of its monthly rainfall quota in just two astonishing days! The city has become a stage for nature’s grand spectacle.

As this enthralling narrative continues to unfold, we eagerly await the next chapter. Will the Yamuna River relinquish its iron grip on Delhi’s landscape, or will it continue to defy expectations? How will the resilient spirit of Delhi endure this aquatic adversity? Only time will reveal the captivating conclusion to this epic saga—a tale of nature’s fury, human resilience, and the enduring spirit of a city that refuses to be subdued.

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