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Monsoon fury unabated, flood like situation in some districts

Weather department predicts rainfall to intensify further in next 48 hours

ranchi Updated: Jul 25, 2017 13:48 IST
Sanjoy Dey & Subhash Mishra
Sanjoy Dey & Subhash Mishra
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Jharkhand,Ranchi,Dhanbad
Flood like situation in many parts of Jharkhand following heavy rains(Bijay/ HT Photo)

Monsoon fury remains unabated in Jharkhand with several low lying residential areas across the state facing flood like situation due to heavy rain in last 48 hours. However, no casualty was reported from any part of the state so far.

The weather department has predicted rainfall to intensify further due to development of a low pressure area over Gangetic West Bengal.

“The upper air cyclonic circulation over Gangetic West Bengal may convert into low pressure area on Monday. The change in system may intensify rainfall in Jharkhand during next 48 hours. Besides, the monsoon trough is also active over Jharkhand,” said RS Sharma, forecasting officer at Ranchi IMD centre.

The non-stop rainfall, however, compensated the rain deficit. State’s rain deficit on Sunday has come down to 17%, which is considered normal. The weather department has issued alert of heavy rain in some areas of south-east, central and north Jharkhand on Monday.

Water level has crossed the danger mark in major dams of the state including Tenughat and Patratu Dam on Sunday. Tenughat dam authority has opened eight sluice gates on Sunday to release 10,000 cusec of water. The authority has also alerted district administrations of Dhanbad and Bokaro to ensure safety of people living along the Damodar river.

In Dhanbad, Grewal Colony near Bekarbandh, all lanes in Jayprakash Nagar near DeNobili School, Tapowan Colony near Big Bazaar in Saraidhela have submerged and rainwater entered houses of hundreds of residents.

Almost all water bodies of Dhanbad are overflowing due to continuous rains. Therefore, rainwater gushed in houses of Baramuri, Bishunpur, Pandarpala Das Tola and Dhaiyya localities forcing the residents to shift at safe places. With water level crossing the danger level at city’s Pampu pond of railway, residents living near the pond sought help from district administration for rescue.

Not just common man, but cattle here are in trouble as well. Yadav Tola near Shramik Chowk is witnessing knee deep water logging. The milkmen shifted their cattle to upland areas. “We could save our life by climbing on roof of any house but cattle cannot do it. So, we have shifted them on the upper land of rail track,” said Mahadeo Yadav, a milkman.

Dhanbad mayor Chandrashekhar Agrawal said corporation had launched a drive to clear the choked drainages of city so that water did not stay for long.

In Jamshedpur, rainwater entered several houses in Burma mines, Jugsalai and Chaya Nagar areas. Besides, it also gushed in ground floor of several apartments in Dimna and Sonari localities.

Rain Meter

Districts Rain (in mm)

Bokaro 90

Jamshedpur 80

Ranchi 70

Hazaribag 40

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 13:48 IST