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Heavy rain: schools closed in Ranchi, Jamshedpur Dhanbad, Giridih

Met department says heavy rain may continue for next 24 hours. Rainfall may decline gradually from Wednesday evening.

ranchi Updated: Jul 25, 2017 19:11 IST
Sanjoy Dey
School children returning home in heavy rain in Ranchi
School children returning home in heavy rain in Ranchi(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

The district administrations of Ranchi, Dhanbad, Giridih and Jamshedpur have asked all schools to suspend classes up to class eight due to incessant rainfall for last four days. While schools in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Giridih will remain shut on Wednesday, classes in Dhanbad schools will remain suspended till Thursday.

“In view of heavy rain in Ranchi, we have directed all schools to suspend classes up to eight on Wednesday. If heavy rains continue, the suspension of classes could be extended till Thursday,” Ranchi deputy commissioner (DC) Manoj Kumar said. He added the downpour was causing huge traffic problem, mainly to school buses.

On Monday, a private school bus lost control near the SSP’s residence here and rammed into many bikes and cars. However, the children were safe. Three other buses had breakdown at different locations of the city, causing traffic jams.

Weather department officials said the heavy rains could continue for next 24 hours and thereafter it would decrease gradually. “The well marked low pressure area over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Jharkhand still persists that caused heavy rains in most parts of the state on Tuesday,” said RS Sharma, forecasting officer at Ranchi IMD centre.

He said the system was expected to weaken and move westwards in next 24 hours. “We are expecting rainfall to decrease gradually from Wednesday evening and relief is expected from Thursday,” Sharma said.

The state has received average 138.6mm rainfall in last four days, which not only compensated the monsoon deficit but also turned Jharkhand a rain surplus region. The state recorded 492.3 mm rainfall against the normal rainfall of 467.2mm from June 1 to July 25. Ramgarh district has recorded highest 81% rainfall followed by East Singhbhum with 58%.

In last 24 hours, Dhanbad’s Panchet area recorded maximum 190mm rainfall, Ramgarh 150 mm, Jamshedpur 130mm, Ranchi 100mm and Hazaribag 80mm rainfall. Due to rains, sluice gates of all major dams, including Tenughat, Chandil, Patratu and Panchet, were opened to reduce the storage in reservoirs. The release of water, however, created flood like situation in low-lying areas of different districts.

In view of the downpour, state Disaster Management Department on Tuesday has issued alert to all deputy commissioners (DCs) to be prepared for flood like situation. “All the district disaster management officers are being updated about the weather forecast and they have been asked to plan accordingly,” said Jatashankar Choudhary, additional secretary in state Home and Disaster Management Department.

Choudhary said, “We are monitoring the situation, which is still under control.”