Flooding in Delhi
Delhi has already had its wettest July on record and schools in the city have been closed to help keep people safe. Tearfund’s country office, which is based in Delhi, reports that because of flooded roads, the local government has advised that everyone who can should work from home.
Along with the heavy rainfall, the flooding in Delhi has also been caused by the massive volume of water sweeping down the Yamuna River coming from the Hathnikund Barrage in neighbouring Haryana and from Himachal Pradesh where the BBC released drone footage of a motorway which has been completely destroyed by the raging waters.
Shortage of drinking water
At the time of writing, the volume of water from Himachal Pradesh had been reduced, but it will take time for the water level of the Yamuna River to reflect this change and the river is at its highest level in 45 years. This has resulted in three water treatment plants being flooded and New Delhi, part of one of the most populous cities in the world, is facing a major shortage of drinking water.
Evacuations to save lives
Earlier in June, thousands of people in India were evacuated from their homes to help keep them safe from Cyclone Biparjoy which caused flooding in the region and set a record for the longest-lasting cyclonic storm over the Arabian Sea. Now, people are being evacuated from their homes again. More than 23,000 people living in low-lying areas have been moved to safer places and as many as 12 teams of the country’s National Disaster Response Force are on the ground for rescue work.
The government has set up relief camps for those affected by the floods, but some residents have reported a lack of basic facilities in these spaces.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy showers in Himachal Pradesh for the coming days, which may further impact the flood situation in Delhi.
Tearfund is monitoring the situation and our local partners are preparing to respond as needed – particularly in areas where people who we work with have been affected.
We ask for your prayers for the situation.