Heavy rain, lightning lash Jharkhand, kill four

A Ranchi bound flight diverted due to bad weather. People get respite from sweltering heat as mercury dropped by six degree Celsius. Met predicts more rain for next 48 hours

ranchi Updated: Jun 07, 2017 12:40 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Sanjoy Dey
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Commuters passing through a waterlogged area after pre-monsoon rain in Ranchi,(Parwaz Khan/ HT Photo)

Heavy shower coupled with thunder and lightning lashed major parts of Jharkhand including capital Ranchi on Tuesday. Four children were killed and two others suffered injuries when lightning struck on them at Mundro village under Saria police staion in Giridih district.

Bad weather in Ranchi led to diversion of a Ranchi bound flight. The Air Asia flight, which was scheduled to land Ranchi airport at 1.55 pm from Delhi, was diverted to Kolkata due to bad weather.

The rain, however, brought major respite from sweltering heat that the state residents had been facing for last couple of weeks. The pre-monsoon rain not only pulled the mercury down by six degree Celsius, but also brought relief to lakhs of farmers preparing for kharif crops.

Ranchi’s maximum temperature dropped to 36 degree Celsius on Tuesday from 41.8 degree Celsius recorded on Monday.

Around 30.4 mm rainfall, however, caused water-logging and traffic gridlock in Ranchi, which exposed the preparedness of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) to deal with the upcoming rainy season.

Rainwater gushed in several localities and prominent roads and squares such as Karam Toli Chowk, Mission Chowk and Power House Chowk. Haider Ali Road in Kokar faced major water-logging that blocked traffic for several hours.

Sumit Kumar, a Haider Ali road resident said, “We face water-logging problem in every rainy season due to narrow and chocked drains. Civic body should clear all city drains much before the monsoon break.”

India meteorological department (IMD), Ranchi has predicted more rainfall due to two active systems over Jharkhand. “An upper air circulation is stationed over Jharkhand and neighbouring areas, besides a trough line extended from UP to Gangetic West Bengal. The two systems are expected to provide fair amount of rainfall for next couple of days,” said BK Mandal, director, Ranchi meteorological centre.

The current systems over Jharkhand are also expected to help further advancement of monsoon to the state. Meteorological department is expecting monsoon to hit Jharkhand around June 15, five days behind the schedule.

However, Jharkhand is expected to receive normal rainfall this year. IMD on Tuesday said India’s annual monsoon rainfall was expected to be 98% of the long-term average. The monthly rainfall across the country was likely to be 96% of its long-term average during July, and 99% of the average during August, both with a model error of 9%, IMD said in a statement.

Heavy rainfall brought a smile on the faces of farmers. Agriculture experts said the rainfall would help farmers raise their nurseries for seedling preparations. In Jharkhand, farmers generally start transplant of seedlings on farm fields from July 1.

First Published: Jun 07, 2017 12:40 IST