Jamshedpur/Chaibasa/Seraikela, May 26: Rains accompanied by high-speed winds were noticed in almost all parts of the dis-
tricts of East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan due to the impact of Cyclone Yaas on Wednesday as administration have carried out large scale evacuation of vulnerable persons. Several places in all the three districts witnessed
uprooting of trees and reports of houses being damaged in several parts of East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela
Kharsawan were also reported.
However, there were no reports of casual-ties as people staying in vulnerable pockets had
been evacuated by the district administration to the designated shelter points as three districts had beenbracketed in ‘red alerts’ by
the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Ranchi centre. Reports of electricity poles being damaged and uprooted due to the high
speed winds were also reported from across all the three districts leading to disruption in power supply. Several teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been
kept on alert at all the three districts.
East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Suraj Kumar extended the complete
lockdown till May 27. “Due to the impact of the cyclone there would be heavy rainfall and high speed winds in the district even on May 27 and the complete lockdown has
been extended on Thursday under provisions of the special powers enshrined in
Disaster Management Act 2005 section 30,33 and 34. All shops barring medical
shops would be closed in the district.
However, milk shops would be opened
between 11 am and 2 pm,” said deputy commissioner Suraj Kumar.
Over 10,000 persons have been evacuated in the three districts of Kolhan region which would be hit by the Cyclonic storm
‘Yass’ late on Wednesday night, most of the persons staying in catchment areas
close to river banks of Kharkai, Subernarekha,
Roro river and Koyna river have been evacuated. The civic officials of Mango Municipal Corporation, Jamshedpur
Notified Area Committee and Jugsalai Municipality have been constantly
appealing to people in lowlying areas to move to shelter points set up in safer pockets in the city. Several trees have been uprooted in Jadugora area due to wind speed between
60-70 kmph. Trees have also been uprooted in
Baharagora block leading to blocking of the
Baharagora Panipara mainroad. West Singhbhum district administration evacuated
people living on the banks of Roro river especially at Lohar Basti, Turi Tola,
Xavier Nagar, Gandhi Tolaand Old Chaibasa. A huge tree was uprooted on the Jagannathpur Jaintgarh Main Road near Belposi village disrupting traffic movement. However, the tree was removed after few hours by the district administration.
Due to the opening of the sluice gates at the Bankabal Dam in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha the water level of Kharkai has increased but is yet to cross the danger mark.
With reports of the cyclone centre crossing over Seraikela-Kharsawan the district administration has begun preparation on a war footing along with creating awareness among masses on safety measures during high speed winds and lightening. There have been shelter points made at each thana
and blocks of the district with provision of free foods, drinking water and other
necessary facilities. NDRF teams have been
deployed at Gamharia and Seraikela to cope with any emergency due to the impact of the cyclone. The intensity of the rain and winds increased after 2 pm at Jamshedpur. There
were reports of trees and electricity poles being uprooted and disruption in electricity supply in different parts of the Kolhan
region. Checking process at the bordering state check points have been discontinued for the cyclone as all the police force have been deployed for relief work. “The cyclonic storm would approach the state from south-east parts at the tri-junction of East Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan and West
Singhbhum districts as deep depression with an expected wind speed of 50-61 kmph late night around 11.30 pm on Wednesday. It
would further move north-northwestwards gradually decreasing its intensity and reach to the border of Khunti and West Singhbhum district as a depression with a wind
speed of 31-49 kmph early morning around 5.30 am of Thursday,” a release by the
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Ranchi centre. Meanwhile, East Singhbhum had nearly 9000 persons evacuated
from three blocks of Gudabandha, Dumaria and Potka. The deputy commissioner East Singhbhum Over 1000 persons have been evacuated from different blocks of West
Singhbhum district and similarly over 250 persons have been evacuated in Seraikela Kharsawan district.