Delhi ministers Atishi, Bharadwaj assess relief measures as Yamuna swells


Two Delhi ministers, Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj, took stock of relief measures as the Yamuna river swelled to 207.83 metres on Wednesday, breaching its all-time record of 207.49 metres set 45 years ago.
To assess the preparedness of relief and rescue operations, Revenue Minister Atishi visited the flood relief camps at Mayur Vihar and Millennium Depot and interacted with the affected people.
Saurabh Bharadwaj, the Minister of Irrigation and Flood Control, took a motorboat tour of various parts of the Yamuna in the Civil Lines area of the city.
He directed the officials to maintain a constant vigil for any emergency situation.
Thousands of people have been shifted to safer areas as water gushed into their homes and markets near the river, causing them immense hardship.
Atishi said, “Floods are a natural calamity, but as a government, it is our responsibility to assist and provide necessary facilities to the affected people. In this regard, we have set up relief camps for people in the Khadar areas.”
She said it has been ensured that these camps have proper accommodation, food, water, and medical facilities for the residents.
Around 2,500 camps have been established in six districts of Delhi, she added. The Revenue minister also interacted with the flood-affected individuals.
Atishi told reporters that embankments along the Yamuna river in Delhi are being strengthened to prevent them from breaking.
Speaking to reporters, Bharadwaj said he visited key locations in the Civil Lines area where barriers have been set up to prevent Yamuna water from inundating the roads.