Flood scare in Jamshedpur, NH-33 choked near Ghatsila
Water gushes into several homes, waist deep water in several residential colonies.ranchi Updated: Jul 25, 2017 13:55 IST
Heavy rains over the last three days in Kolhan division paralysed life and caused widespread damage in several low lying areas and localities along rivers and other water bodies.
Roads got washed away, many small culverts and bridges were submerged in the rainwater, waterlogging on the busy thoroughfares was common site at several places, while water inundated homes and flats in many residential localities damaging vehicles and household articles.
Movement of vehicular traffic came to a grinding halt on NH-33 in Galudih police station area of East Singhbhum district, as a diversion road near Gopalpur village was washed away. Work on the proposed four-lane is on here. Trucks, buses and other vehicles headed for neighbouring states, including Odisha and West Bengal, were stranded. Similarly, all vehicles headed towards northern states were also stuck.
As the downpour continued till Monday evening, there was no possibility of the road getting repaired soon. Private vehicles took the alternative route via Jamshedpur and Jadugora to connect back to the NH-33 and head towards their destination.
Water in the two rivers—Subernarekha and Kharkai—in Jamshedpur area was flowing above the danger mark. The administration on Sunday night sounded an alert for people living along the banks of the two rivers to vacate and move to safer paces. If the downpour continues, it could lead to flash flood, a senior administrative official said, stating precautionary arrangements were being made for accommodation of people to be evicted from low lying areas and keeping the disaster management team ready for any eventuality.
Many diversions on the highway between Ranchi and Jamshedpur were either inundated or had developed large potholes and ditches. Vehicles had a tough time negotiating the diversion on the Kandra-Chowka state highway as the water was gushing over it like a stream. The diversion was built recently as a newly built bridge on the drain had developed cracks necessitating a major repair.
In steel city, Jamshedpur, the rainwater gushed into homes in Sonari, Shastrinagar, Bagbera and Mango. In Sonari Adarshnagar seventh phase, two-wheelers were seen floating in waist-deep water. People had no choice but to remain indoors and wait for the water to recede.
In Dimna, water flowing down the Dalma hills threatened to flood the colonies along the foothills. Mango Special Area Notified Committee (MNAC) dug trenches to ensure the water gushing down the hills flew into drains.
MNAC special officer, Sanjay Pandey said since the water at Chandil dam had reached the danger mark, authorities opened all four sluice gates. “We have made announcements in many areas along the river for people to shift to the five makeshift camps in case river water floods their homes,” he said, adding, a power sub-station in Mango was about to submerge in water when they decided to break open its boundary wall to let the water drain out.
In Bagbera, around 600 homes face flood scare as the Kharkai river continued to swell. There was knee-deep water in many homes. Subodh Jha, a local resident said, the problem arises every year but the administration doesn’t bother to find a permanent solution. Flood like situation also prevails in Naya Basti, River View Colony, Shivnagar, Ganesh Nagar, Pradhan Tola, Harharguttu, Siddu Kanhu Basti and Baba Kuti.