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Yamuna Floodwater Gushes into Delhi's Tibetan Market

  • VOA Tibetan

The rising Yamuna river flooded parts of Delhi as the water level climbed two metres above the danger mark, threatening to submerge more low-lying areas along the banks of the river.

The Tibetan market (Ladakh Bodh Vihar) and Tibetan refugee reception center were badly affected by the rising water level in the Yamuna.

"The flood scenario at the Tibetan Market is not new as it comes regularly every 3 to 4 years," said Jampa Gyaltsen, secretary of the Tibetan Market Association. "However, unlike the past years, the rising Yamuna has badly flooded the whole Tibetan market area this year."

The flooding came during Eid festival, one of the best times for business for the Tibetan owned 300 shops at Delhi's Tibetan market. "Everyone had to close their shops due to the flooding since the last four days. This has significantly affected our business." said Gyaltsen.

The officials of the Irrigation and Flood Control were seen carrying out relief works at the Tibetan Market.

"The water level increased yesterday. We have put machines to pump out the water. It is almost complete at the market. We are doing the same at the monastery and to some houses." Vijay Singh, Junior Engineer of the department told VOA Tibetan Service.

Gyaltsen lauded the local administration and the government's help in relief and rescue operations.

"There has been great help from the local administration and more media attention to our situation this year. We have had help with medicine and ensuring proper food, medicine, and drinking water supply, " he said.

The water level is expected to recede over the weekend.

Some information for this report was provided by Hindustan Times and India Today

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