Cold wave continued unabated in Jharkhand with minimum temperature dropping by 3-7 degrees below the normal temperature across Jharkhand. Ranchi shivered at 4.8 degree Celsius and its suburb Kanke at 1.1 degree on Saturday night.
The meteorological department has predicted that the minimum temperature may slip further if north-westerly wind speed exceeds 15kmph. It was 10-15 kmph in day time on Sunday.
Chief minister Raghubar Das, on his first day in office, directed the chief secretary to ensure distribution of blankets in every district.
Several districts could not distribute blankets because of the model code of conduct for assembly polls in the state.
A source said the disaster management department would allot Rs. 30,00000 lakh by Monday to six districts to purchase bonfires for giving relief to rickshaw pullers and homeless.
Residents of Ranchi are experiencing bone-chilling cold with minimum temperature dropping by 5 degree Celsius below normal on Saturday night. Jharkhand’s east, northeast and southern parts -- mainly Giridih, Dumka, Bokaro, Dhanbad and Deoghar districts -- are also reeling under severe cold conditions with minimum temperature dropping by 3-7 degree Celsius below normal.
“There is no sign of immediate relief from the cold situation till Tuesday in Jharkhand. Night temperature is expected to rise slightly from December 31 due to formation of a system in the Bay of Bengal,” said DG Hedau, forecasting officer at the Ranchi met office.
With deviation of one or two degree, the weather condition is likely to be same for next 48 hours, he said. The speed of chilly winds reduced from 20-25kmph on Friday to 10-15 kmph on Sunday. “Thus, there was partial relief in daytime on Saturday. If wind speed doesn’t exceed above 15kmph, temperature at Sunday night may hover around 5 degree Celsius,” Hedau said.
Giridih and Bokaro districts are experiencing severe cold wave conditions for the last five days where night temperature has dropped by eight and six degree Celsius respectively below normal.
Vinay Pandey, a resident of Bengabad in Giridih, said, “Fall in temperature continued in the area. Plummeting mercury has affected the life here as sun rays are also poor.” Dipping of temperature continued unabated in Daltonganj and Jamshedpur districts where night temperatures have dropped to 4.7 and 7.5 degree Celsius.