Rains to continue for next 24 hours, relief likely from Thursday
Rains bring smile on faces of farmers but miseries to citiesUpdated: Jul 25, 2017 14:06 IST
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Rain fury may continue for next 24 hours in Jharkhand, as the low pressure area turned well on Monday causing widespread rainfall across the state. A partial relief from the incessant rainfall was expected from Wednesday onwards, Ranchi IMD officials said.
The state has received average 66mm rainfall in last 24 hours with Sonari area in Jamshedpur recording the highest 230mm rainfall and Jamshedpur city 170mm from 8.30 am on Sunday to 8.30am on Monday. Ranchi received 73mm rain.
“There is no relief from the rainfall in next 24 hours due to impact of the well-marked low pressure area. The system is expected to move westwards or weaken by Tuesday evening. So, respite is expected from Wednesday onwards,” said RS Sharma, forecasting officer at Ranchi IMD centre.
The nonstop rains brought smiles on the faces of farmers but invited miseries to cities as well as rural areas.
The heavy rain damaged a culvert on Ranchi-Gola road near Sikadri blocking the traffic movement. The road was barricaded by the district administration. Over half a dozen mud houses collapsed in Thakur Mohalla in Ranchi’s Sonahatu block. The homeless families were temporarily shifted to Panchayat secretariat.
Rainwater gushed in many posh localities in capital city and important roads were submerged. Water entered in homes and flats in many localities, including Panchshil Nagar, low-lying area of Pandra and Kunwar Singh colony in Hinoo. City traffic came to a standstill with vehicles crawling on inundated roads. Traffic jams were common sight on Ranchi roads on Monday.
Residents blamed Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) for the trouble during rainy season. “RMC officials claimed they have pressed over 600 workers for cleaning the drain during monsoon. But, they are not seen anywhere. We suffer waterlogging every monsoon but no step is taken to improve the situation,” said Rajiv Kumar, resident of Firdous Nagar.
Meanwhile, monsoon fury is continuing to create havoc in Dhanbad. Rainwater gushed in residential areas of Dhokra, Palani and Guludih in Baliapur block forcing the families to shift to safe places. The Dhanbad district administration received reports of wall collapse from Jharia, Nirsa and Govindpur localities.
Flood like situation appeared in Shimlabera colony after boundary wall of Rani Bandh pond collapsed due to heavy rain. The residents blocked Dhanbad-Barwadda road in the morning to protest the boundary wall collapse.
Family of one Raju Kumar Bind in Bisunpur had miraculous escape when wall of his bedroom caved in at wee hours following downpour.
Though Dhanbad Municipal Corporation has pressed in its all machineries for clearing nine chocked drains of the township, houses in several colonies, including Jayaprakash Nagar, Grewal Colony, Pandarpala, remained submerged.
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First Published: Jul 25, 2017 14:06 IST