Delhi Police evacuates 750 people from low-lying areas close to Yamuna


New Delhi, Jul 12: As parts of Delhi close to the Yamuna battles an overflowing river, police and other agencies on Wednesday evacuated more than 750 people and more than 250 cattle, officials said.
In one such incident, a man was found perched on a tree by a police team patrolling in a boat to track if anyone was trapped. It was later found that he had been sitting there for 22 hours to save himself, the police said.
From making public ann-ouncements, using drones to track down trapped people and animals, to arranging boats for rescue operations, Delhi Police personnel, inclu-ding senior officers, have been on the ground coordinating with different agencies. Thousands of people have been moved to safer areas as water gushed into their homes & markets near the river. The Yamuna in Delhi swelled to a staggering 208.08 metres on Wednesday, smashing the previous all-time record of 207.49 metres set 45 years ago by a significant margin, flooding several riverside areas and prompting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to call an emergency meeting.
Sharing visuals of the rescue operation, Deputy Com-missioner of Police (Nor-theast) Joy Tirkey said a team from the Usmanpur police station along with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel rescued 56 people & 41 cattle trapped due to overflowing of the Yamuna in the village. The personnel rescued several families and evacuated them in boats to safer places. Elderly people and those suffering from health issues were carried by the rescuers.
The Delhi Police imposed prohibitory measures under Section 144 of the CrPC in the city's flood-prone areas on Wednesday as the river swelled to prevent unlawful assembly of four or more people & public movement in gr-oups. The Delhi Disaster Ma-nagement Authority issued an advisory asking people to move to safer locations and cautioning them against pas-sing through low-lying areas.
According to the data shared by the police, personnel from three police stations in the northeast district New Usmanpur, Shastri Park and Sonia Vihar rescued 390 people and 190 cattle from flood-prone areas till 6 pm. Three police stations of the east district Mayur Vihar, Mandawali & Pandav Nagar rescued 370 people & 76 cattle. In the police's northeast district, 250 cops, 20 from the NDRF, 30 from the Civil Defence, 100 volunteers, 20 boat operators & eight boats have been pressed into service.

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