Jamshedpur: Heavy downpour from past 48 hours coupled with opening of Dam gates in Odisha and adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan has led the district administration to press the panic button.
The army unit and paramilitary forces have been alerted for emergency evacuations in case of flood in low-lying areas.
East Singhbhum district administration issued a flood alert in the low-lying areas of both Kharkai and Subernarekha rivers after Mayurbhanj district administration (in Odisha) intimated about opening of a Bankabal Dam sluice gate and opening of six gates of Chandil dam in neighbouring Seraikela-Kharsawan district.
“ We are taking every step to remain alert to face any situation. We have formed the disaster management department about keeping the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on alert for any emergency.
We have also alerted the Army unit (at Sonari) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) for emergency evacuation operation in low-lying areas. We have pressed into service civil defence unit and Indian Red Cross Society for relief work and evacuation work in low-lying areas,” said East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amit Kumar.
According to sources in the flood control cell, six of the 13 radial gates of Chandil Dam have been opened discharging nearly 689 cumecs (cubic metre per second) of water while one sluice gate of Bankabal Dam (in Odisha) was opened releasing 41 cumecs of water.
“ We have inspected various sites. Both Kharkai and Subernarekha are flowing above danger mark. Kharkai is flowing at 133.56 metres in Adityapur (danger mark is 129 metres) and Subernarekha in Mango is flowing at 123.16 metrres (danger mark is 121.5 metres). The flood cell has been directed to monitor the level of the two rivers after every two hours,” said Dhalbhum SDO Suraj Kumar.
The Dhalbhum SDO further said that all the three local urban bodies (Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee), Mango Notified Area Committee and Jugsalai municipality which looks after civic upkeep in non-company command area have been asked to stock food materials, bleaching powders and other essential commodities at the shelters houses (community halls, public building and government buildings).
Announcements have been made in low-lying areas of Bagbera, Jugsalai, Shastrinagar and Mango to be prepared for evacuation.
Around 100 families of Naya Basti, Shiv Nagar and Harharguttu localities in Bagbera which were partially inundated due to swelling of Kharkai river in the wee hours of Thursday were shifted to respective shelter houses in Bagbera. Waterlogging also took place in flats of Adarshnagar Seventh phase due to clogging of drains.