Order for closing the Yamuna bridge was issued by the Delhi Police at 8.25 pm after the water levels reached 205.52 metres.
Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Twenty seven trains have been cancelled and seven others have been diverted after the Railways temporary closed the Delhi’s old Yamuna bridge, also called Loha Pul, as the water level in the river reached 205.53 metres. Water level is likely to rise to 206.6 metres in the next 48 hours, as it takes at least two days for the water to reach Delhi after being released from Haryana’s Hathnikund Barrage, around 200 km north of Delhi. National capital suffered its worst flood in 1978 when the water level in the Yamuna had touched a record 207.49 metres.
India Metrological Department (IMD), however, said on Sunday the intensity of rainfall in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand is likely to decrease in the next three-four days, which could improve the situation in Delhi. According to their officials, around 15,000-20,000 families living on the river floodplains have been affected by the rising water. The affected areas include Old Railway Bridge, Akshardham, Geeta Colony, Okhla, Garhi Mandu, Madanpur Khadar, and Usmanpur, among others.