Jamshedpur, Sep 12: The city woke up to an overcast sky on Sunday. The low-pressure over northwest Bay of Bengal and coastal Odisha that transformed into a depression , resulted in widespread rainfall in the city. The city recorded 35 mm rain in the last 24 hours. The Ranchi Meteorological Centre came up with a special bulletin with warning of heavy to very heavy rain at a few isolated pockets of Jharkhand.
According to the bulletin very heavy rainfall (115.6 mm to 204.4 mm) was expected at isolated places of East Singhbhum, Saraikela-Kharsawan, Simdega, and West Singhbhum while heavy rainfall (64.5 mm to 115.5 mm) was expected at Gumla, Khunti, Ranchi, Latehar, Garhwa and Lohardaga in next 24- hours due to the depression
The axis of monsoon trough at mean sea level was passing through Ferozepur, Ambala, Meerut, Churk, Daltonganj, Chaibasa, centre of the depression and northeast Bay of Bengal.
Met officials said the monsoon flow was activated in Jharkhand after the formation of the low-pressure area over Gangetic Bengal and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal which later converted into a depression resulting in widespread and heavy rain.
Local meteorologists said the Depression over northwest Jharkhand and neighbourhood moved slightly west northwestwards and has weakened into a well marked low pressure area today. ” An associated cyclonic circulation was also extending upto 7.6 Km above mean sea level tilting southwards,” he said.
According to the Meteorological office in Sonari, the low pressure in the Bay of Bengal is bringing good rainfall in the region and the situation is likely to remain the same in the next 24 hours. Traffic was disrupted as major main roads in the city were inundated. Commuters had a tough time wading through knee-deep water, at some places, to reach their destinations. There is also a fear of an outbreak of water-borne diseases. According to information, areas like Mango, Jugsalai, Baghbera, Pardih have been the worst hit. Water clogging in these areas has made it difficult for people to move.