Haryana CM Calls Emergency Meeting Over Yamuna Issue

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Chandigarh: Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday held an emergency meeting with senior
officials to discuss the alarming issue of the rising level of Yamuna river due to rains in the catchment areas. He also directed officials to stay alert to deal with any untoward situation.

The CM conducted an aerial survey of the Hathnikund barrage located on the Yamuna river in Yamunanagar district. The minister was told that 6,05,949 cusecs of water flowing from the Hathnikund barrage was passing through Karnal and would reach
Delhi by Tuesday.

With the Yamuna flowing close to the danger mark, several villages were flooded leading to crop losses, officials said.

In some villages in Yamunanagar district, the flood waters entered ouses and buildings.

The administration has deployed boats at various places for people to commute from
one village to other and to evacuate them, if the water level rises further, they said.

The water level rose in the wake of continuous rains in catchment areas in Himachal
Pradesh.

Khattar sought information on the water level from the deputy commissioners of Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat and Palwal, and other officers through
video-conferencing. He also reviewed the arrangements made by them, an official
spokesperson said here.

The officers informed the chief minister that 6,05,949 cusecs of water was flowing
from the Hathnikund Barrage in Yamunanagar till 6 pm yesterday. Earlier in 2010,
8.05 lakh cusecs of water passed through this barrage, and in 2013, 7.5 lakh cusecs
had passed, they said.

“The 6,05,949 cusecs of water flowing from the barrage is passing through Karnal
and would reach Delhi by tomorrow. It is gathered that water is flowing at a speed
of four kilometers per hour.

“Canals in Haryana are closed when the water level crosses 70,000 cusecs at
Hathnikund Barrage, and the water is passing through 18 doors,” the spokesperson
said.

The Karnal deputy commissioner informed the chief minister that about six lakh
cusecs of water was passing from Hathnikund barrage last evening, and its effect
could be seen later during the day. The officers said the water level was gradually
decreasing.

A sub-divisional officer and three junior engineers have been deputed at every 20
kilometers in Karnal. Heavy earth moving machines and 20,000 sand bags have been
kept ready to deal with any untoward situation. Arrangements have also been made
for evacuating people to safer places as the situation demands, the officers added.

The officers of Yamunanagar district administration informed the chief minister
that 1.18 lakh cusecs of water was flowing in Yamuna river.

Medical teams have been arranged and officers of the animal husbandry department
have been alerted to deal with the flood-like situation, the officers said.

The officers of Panipat district said Yamuna river passed through 14 villages of
the district, adding that Army has visited and checked the areas adjoining the
river.

The Sonipat district administration informed Khattar that the water of Yamuna was
flowing one kilometer away from Asadpur village where officers of the irrigation
department have been deputed.

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