Monsoon rains have caused the nearby River Yamuna to burst its banks and stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitos which can carry the potentially life-threatening dengue fever.
Squalor: A family at the temporary shelter where they moved after water levels rose near the Commonwealth Games village, seen in the background, left, while workers treat the open air canal to kill mosquitoes
Health risk: Large areas of open water are attracting mosquitoes and there has already been an outbreak of dengue fever, which is carried by the insects
No-show: Three countries have postponed their arrival at the Games until conditions improve
Labourers check the roof of the weightlifting venue at Jawaharlal Stadium yesterday after part of the ceiling collapsed
The organisers yesterday drafted in 1,000 extra workers – each being paid no more than £3 a day – in a desperate effort to clear up the mess before the Games’ scheduled start on October 3.
There were concerns that some of the staff that had been drafted in were children.
The Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, has seized control of the project and yesterday the federal government ordered the Organising Committee to hand over management of the village.
The Committee also has been criticised over faulty infrastructure – problems that were epitomised when a bridge linking a car park to the stadium collapsed on Tuesday.
Further humiliation came 24 hours later when part of a ceiling in the weight-lifting arena collapsed.
Canadian officials have described the indifference of Indian officials as incomprehensible.
However, polls in Indian newspapers show a vast majority of Indians are ashamed of the fiasco.
England’s advance party, comprising men’s hockey players, lawn bowlers and staff, are due to arrive this morning.
Welsh athletes are due to leave for India tomorrow. But more British athletes may decide to pull out unilaterally.
Yesterday the Scotland team said its first party of 41 would delay their departure.
Race against time: Labourers work to concrete a staircase on a pedestrian bridge outside of the main stadium yesterday
Paving the way: Workers lay roads and paths at the main stadium yesterday