Vrindavan, 2017.09.07 (VT): Rising water levels in the Yamuna are causing anxiety to those living in residential areas along the river banks in Vrindavan. Water is lapping against the entryways of many houses and goshalas, causing their residents to look for safe places for themselves and their cattle.
People living along the Parikrama Marg and in the colonies on the Yamuna floodplain are expecting floods.
On Wednesday, the Yamuna took on a dangerous-looking aspect. Water started entering half a dozen residential colonies at Hurdang Nagar, Durgapuram, Shreeji Batika, as well as in the Jagannath Ghat and Sudama Kuti areas.
From Chamunda Colony to Barah Ghat, nearly five thousand homes are in danger. Many families in the Panighat area have already left their dwellings and started taking shelter with friends and relatives on higher ground.
The water level has been continuously increasing for the last three days.
Those living in illegal colonies on the flood plain are not holding their breath, but making preparations for evacuation.
Operation of boats in the Yamuna has been completely banned due to the strong current. A dozen steps have been submerged at Keshighat. The Parikrama Marg has thus been completely closed off.
However, Vivek Singh allayed fears from the Mathura flood control room, saying that there is no danger of flood in the city. The rise in levels comes as a result of water being discharged from the Okhla Barrage three days ago. Water has also been released in large quantity from the Harnaul escape. The effects are now being felt downstream. To minimize the impact, 25,000 cusecs of water has been released from the bGokul Barrage.
Nevertheless, if the water levels rise any further, dozens of families may have to vacate their homes.
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