Ranchi simmers at 43, smashes all past records
The past all-time record of the city was 42.5 degree Celsius recorded on June 10, 1966. Met predicts rain from June 6 onwardsranchi Updated: Jun 05, 2017 13:49 IST
Mercury smashed all previous records of June in Ranchi with registering maximum temperature at 43 degree Celsius, six notches above the normal, on Sunday. The past all-time record of the city was 42.5 degree Celsius recorded on June 10, 1966.
Heat wave condition is unabated across the state with maximum temperature hovering 4-6 degree Celsius above the normal. Weather department has predicted similar weather condition for next 48 hours and situation could change from June 6 onwards with spells of light to moderate rainfall.
Daltonganj recorded the highest maximum with 45.9 degree Celsius while Jamshedpur sizzled at 42.8 degree Celsius. However, no casualty was reported from any parts of the district due to scorching heat.
“Maximum temperature would be over 40 degree Celsius in most of the state for next 48 hours due to dry westerly wind and poor moisture supply,” said RS Sharma, forecasting officer of Ranchi Meteorological Centre
He said Ranchi is reeling under extreme hot weather condition as maximum temperature increased by three degree Celsius in past 24 hours. Sharma, however, said a widespread rain is expected from June 6 onwards.
“A cyclonic circulation is expected over Jharkhand that may cause light to moderate rain in most parts of the state,” Sharma said.
The soaring mercury has led to acute water crisis in major parts of the city, particularly Hindpiri, Kadru, Lalpur, Itki Road, Piska More and Dhurwa. These localities are dependent on water tanker supply this summer, as all other sources, including handpumps and wells at individual houses, have dried up.
RMC has identified 10 water starved areas, including Ratu, Harmu, Dhurwa, Hatia, Tupudana and Kanke, where water is being supplied through tankers. “We have pressed 165 tankers into service to supply drinking water in 324 affected points. Besides, temporary plastic tanks have also been installed at many places to meet the water demand of people,” said RMC public relations officer, Naresh Sinha.
However, residents blamed that the water supply through tankers did not meet even 20% of the demand.