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Indian capital Delhi floods: Key roads under water as Jamuna river swells

Ns News Online Desk:Ns News Online Desk: Key roads in the Indian capital, Delhi, have been flooded as water from the Jamuna river has overflowed onto them. The water level of the river has been rising since Wednesday after it breached an all-time high mark in more than 45 years.

Authorities have evacuated thousands from nearby low-lying areas and have diverted traffic from arterial roads. Northern India has witnessed record rainfall so far this monsoon season, which began in June, officials say.

At least 88 people have died in Himachal Pradesh since rains began late last month, while nearby states like Punjab and Haryana have also been witnessing severe flooding.

On Thursday morning, the water level of Jamuna had risen to 208.46 meters from 207.49 meters the previous day – the highest in 45 years, authorities said.

Water from the swelling river has inundated several low-lying areas and roads. Videos shared on social media show cars and buses submerged under water on the streets.

Footage from local TV channels showed the street outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s home flooded, while PTI news agency reported that a key road going towards Connaught Place – a popular business center in central Delhi – was also flooded.

Mr Kejriwal told reporters on Thursday that schools, colleges and universities in the capital would remain shut until Sunday. He added that government employees, except those providing essential services, could work from home. “Advisory is being issued for private offices too to work from home,” he added.

Three water treatment plants in Delhi have been shut due to the flood-like situation. Mr Kejriwal has said that water will have to be rationed and so people were likely to face shortages for a couple of days.

Heavy vehicles, except those providing essential services, have been banned from entering Delhi. More than 16,000 people have been shifted to relief tents pitched under flyovers by the Delhi government.

Authorities have said that the flow of water from the barrage will begin subsiding by 14:00 IST (08.30 GMT) on Thursday, and this should bring some respite to flooded areas.

Seasonal monsoon rains are a lifeline for India but also typically cause deaths and destruction to property every year. India has experienced increasingly extreme weather in recent years – the unrelenting rains come just weeks after an extreme heat wave gripped most of north India.

Many factors contribute to flooding, but experts say climate change caused by global warming makes extreme rainfall more likely.

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