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Fear still looms large in Jamshedpur, administration on alert

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Jamshedpur: East Singhbhum district administration is keeping an eye on the low-lying areas of River Subernarekha and Kharkai as downpour continued on Friday.

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amit Kumar said that the flood control cell has been made active which would be headed by SDO Dhalbhum Suraj Kumar to keep a close watch on the situation 24×7. Directives have been issued for announcement about threat perspective amongst residents of low-lying areas through public amplifiers and inform about the nearest shelter houses.

Officials have been deputed to make provision of basic amenities at shelter houses in the low lying areas along with other disaster management equipments like paddle boats, dragon lights, life jackets, ambulances and ropes,” said.

The Subernarekha Multi Purpose (SMP) Project office has been asked to inform the flood control cell every two-hours about water levels in the two rivers.

Senior official at SMP Chandil office, Binay Kumar Barnwal informed that two radial gates of the Chandil Dam (it has 13 radial gates) were opened after the water level reached 181.4 meter (the full reservoir level of Chandil Dam is 192 meters).

According to reports available at the flood control cell of the district administration at 5 pm, Kharkai was flowing at a height of 127.8 metres (danger mark is 129 metres) in Adityapur while Subernarekha at Mango flowed at 117.8 metres (danger mark is 121.5 metres).

“Directive have been issued to the officials of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (Shastrinagar), Mango Notified Area Committee (for Mango areas), Jugsalai municipality (for Jugsalai) and Jamshedpur circle officer (for Bagbera) to keep provision of eatables and other basic arrangements like electricity and drinking water at the shelter houses which can be used by residents after submergence of their houses,” said SDO Dhalbhum Suraj Kumar.

East Singhbhum civil surgeon Dr. S K. Jha has also been asked to be prepared with ambulances and health professionals for emergency services at the shelter houses.

Meanwhile, East Singhbhum district public relation officer, Sanjay Kumar announced in low-lying areas of Mango, Shastrinagar and Bagbera through public amplifier this evening.

According to information areas like Mango, Jugsalai, Baghbera, Parsudih have been hit. Water clogging at these areas has made difficult for people to move. The downpour exposed the woeful drainage system on the city roads. Choked drains resulted in water logging in different parts of the city.

S R A Rizwi Chabban, secretary, Jharkhand State Congress Party, said that administration must ensure proper pre planning to meet such situation during Monsoon.

He said that every year incidents of flash flood are reported in city. Steps should be taken to fill the pots in several areas of Mango like Azad Nagar, Zakirangar and Old Pururia Road that lead of water clogging.

He further added that a delegation of the party would soon meet the deputy commissioner to register complains.

“Situation is still a nightmare for us it is high time for the administration to take preventive measures before untoward incident take place,” he said.

Chabban said that the State is facing challenges of both flood and drought like situation. The Government must take initiative to prepare an action plan to meet the situation.

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