yamuna flood

₹10000 relief to the families affected by the flood

The Delhi cabinet on July 19 had approved ex gratia relief of ₹10,000 to the families affected by the flood.

In order to identify those who were impacted by the floods so that they can receive compensation, authorities in Delhi started assessing the six districts of the Capital that were under water on Thursday after the Yamuna dipped below its danger line of 205.33m.

The Yamuna overflowed its danger mark on July 10 at 5 p.m., peaked at 208.66m on July 13 at 6 p.m., and remained above the danger mark for more than a week. As a result, parts of Delhi’s six Yamuna-side districts — North, North East, Central, Shahdara, East, and South East — were flooded, forcing more than 27,000 people to flee to 45 relief camps.

On Tuesday, the water level briefly fell below the danger level, but rain in the Yamuna’s upstream catchment areas in northern states caused the river to nudge past the danger level once more on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, however, the water once more fell below the 205.33 level.

On July 19, the Delhi cabinet granted ex gratia aid of 10,000 rupees for the flood-affected families. Authorities started an assessment of the flood-affected districts on Thursday as the Yamuna’s water level started to drop.

“During the survey, district authorities are coming across several people who do not have bank accounts to receive compensation, and many of them have also lost their identity cards, making it difficult for the authorities to establish the genuineness of their claims,” said a revenue department official, declining to be named. “The survey is going on across all 45 flood relief camps. Data will be available only after the information from the fields is compiled, and their authentication is checked.”

The district administrations will verify these data. “We are asking the victims to produce identity card such as voter identity card, ration card, water bill, electricity bill, gas connection bill, Aadhaar card, bank passbook, post office passbook, property ownership document, driving licence, birth certificate, Indian Passport or any other valid government issued documents showing identity and proof of address. All those who produce such documents will be considered genuine,” said an official from the East district.

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