The remnants of Cyclone Hudhud are expected to dump heavy rain across Jharkhand in the next 48 hours, forcing the government to activate emergency measures including closure of schools in some districts on Monday.
The tropical storm, which hit the east coast on Sunday morning, is expected to move inland northwestward across Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand before dissipating over central India.
The cyclone made landfall in the port city of Visakhapatman on Sunday, leaving six people dead in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha besides causing massive destruction of power and communication infrastructure.
Jharkhand has already started feeling the effects of Hudhud with moderate and light rains lashing several parts of the state.
“A heavy rainfall alert has been sounded in isolated places for next 48 hours due to the cyclonic condition. However, Jharkhand may not witness gusty wind, as Hudhud would weaken before reaching the state,” said BK Mandal, director of Ranchi meteorological centre.
He added that the south Jharkhand could experience wind speed higher than the normal at around 30 kmph.
The state government has already issued high alert for southern Jharkhand and Sunday leaves of all officials have been cancelled.
“We have asked all officials to be in their respective headquarters and monitor the situation,” said chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty.
Since the cyclonic rainfall may increase water levels in dams and rivers, authorities have taken measures to reduce water level in dams.
Three sluice gates of Tenughat dam was opened on Sunday while seven sluice gates of Chandil dam in Jamshedpur were opened on Saturday.
Executive engineer of the Tenughat dam AK Jha said that more gates would be opened in case of rainfall in the catchment areas of Damodar river.
People residing in low-lying areas near dams and rivers are shifting to safer place.
Jamshedpur and Dhanbad administrations have already directed educational institutes to shut down on Monday. Ranchi’s several schools have also declared holiday on Monday.
(With inputs from Sanjay Sahay in Bokaro)