Somnath Bharti, deputy chairman of the Delhi Jal Board, spoke to the media about the weather in the capital city on Friday and shown a video of water being released from Haryana’s Hathnikund Barrage, which “caused a flood-like situation in Delhi.”

Atishi, an AAP minister, said earlier in the day that Haryana’s water releases had contributed to the Yamuna River’s rising water levels. As of 6 am on Friday, the water level at the Old Delhi Yamuna Bridge reached 208.46 metres, flooding more portions of Delhi.

Leading government sources told News18 that as of 10 p.m. last night, 15 NDRF teams had been stationed in Delhi, with four teams each in central Delhi, south-east Delhi, and east Delhi, three teams in north-east Delhi, and one team in Shahadra. 54 animals and 3.362 persons have so far been saved.

The water level in Shergarh, which was reported at 176.57 metres, indicates that the River Yamuna is flowing above the greatest flood level in Mathura. As of right now, the water level at Manjhawali has surpassed the all-time high flood level, which is 193.96 metres, and is at 194.01 metres, the Cyclone Warning Centre in Faridabad has issued a red warning for the Yamuna.

On Friday morning, Jamuna Bazar near Marghat Mandir, Yamuna Bazar Ghat, Rind Road near IP College, Bhairon Marg, Mathura Road near Supreme Court, ITO, and Pushta Road were all under water when the water level touched the ITO Red Light. Officials said that other drainage systems’ overflowing and backflowing water in other locations had also contributed to the flood-like conditions.

16 NDRF units have been deployed in the national capital in response to the emergency, and Nigam Bodh Ghat, schools, and institutions have all been closed. Visitors are no longer permitted at Red Fort. Light to moderate rain is expected in Delhi on Friday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), while a yellow signal has been issued for Saturday. Hospitals in Delhi have also reserved empty beds for urgent situations.

The Northern Railways’ activities are still halted. For the next six days, around 600 postal express trains have been cancelled.

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