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Delhi in trouble : Waterlogged Roads, Severe Traffic Jams, Disrupted Metro Services, and Closure of Schools and Colleges

Delhi is facing an extreme flood situation as the Yamuna River reaches an all-time high water level of 208.6 meters. Low-lying areas are submerged, leading to evacuation efforts. The city is also expected to experience a drinking water crisis as three water treatment plants have been shut down due to flooding.

To ensure safety, non-essential government offices, schools, and colleges will remain closed until Sunday, July 16. Private establishments are strongly advised to implement work-from-home policies. Commercial establishments near Kashmere Gate have been asked to temporarily halt operations.

Transportation is affected, with buses to the Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) being diverted to Singhu Border. Additional buses from the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) are deployed to assist commuters.

Efforts are underway to reduce water levels, and restoration work is set to begin in two days. However, the flooding has also affected the Delhi Secretariat, which houses the offices of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior bureaucrats.

Moreover, the closure of three water treatment plants in Wazirabad, Chandrawal, and Okhla may lead to a drinking water shortage. The water level in the Yamuna River is continuously rising due to the release of water from the Hathnikund barrage in Haryana.

Waterlogging has caused severe traffic disruptions, particularly on the Outer Ring Road. Alternate routes are suggested, but traffic congestion remains significant. Areas like Monastery Market, Yamuna Bazar, and Geeta Ghat are severely affected.

The Delhi Metro operates normally except for the inaccessible Yamuna Bank Metro Station. Trains are running at reduced speeds on Metro bridges. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has provided updates and alternative routes via social media.

Evacuation efforts are in progress, with the administration relocating residents from waterlogged areas. The National Disaster Response Force has deployed 12 teams for rescue operations. Embankments are being constructed to prevent further flooding.

Factors contributing to the flooding include heavy rainfall in the upper catchment areas, saturated soil, and the unutilized monsoon flow due to the absence of dams on the Yamuna River. While water flow from the Haryana barrage is expected to decrease, the India Meteorological Department has forecasted continued heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand, heightening the risk of flooding.

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