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Fear still looms large in Jamshedpur, records 109 mm rainfall

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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 Tuesday. The city recorded around 109 mm rainfall.

Subarnarekha (at Mango bridge) is flowing on 121.58 metres (danger mark – 121.50 metres) Kharkai (at Adityapur)- 129.95 metres (danger mark-129 metres) Chandil Dam: 10 radial gates of the dam were opened Galudih barrage (at Ghatshila) eight gates were opened.

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amit Kumar said that an alert has been sounded in the district. 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 equipment like paddle boats, dragon lights, life jackets, ambulances and ropes.

According to information nearly 150 families, largely slum dwellers of Kharkhai and Subernarekha catchment areas, have been rescued to the safer places on the insistence of the district administration.

“In both the rivers water level is still on the danger mark. We also need to be constantly vigil as Odisha is receiving heavy rains without interruption for last few days,” said senior official at district flood control cell.

According to information areas like Mango, Jugsalai, Baghbera, Parsudih have been hit. The downpour exposed the woeful drainage system on the city roads. Choked drains resulted in water logging in different parts of the city.

More than 1000 houses in the low lying areas of city were submerged in past 48 hours amid strong flood threats as the water level in the twin rivers, Kharkai and Swarnrekha, have suddenly risen close to danger mark following heavy rain in the catchments areas and release of water from the dams.

Several people living in low-lying places of Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas in East Singhbhum district have been affected with rivers Kharkhai and Swarnrekha in haste due to the rains.

Houses were submerged at Basti area of Baghbera as local administration sounded alert to other households in the Basti and Baroda Ghat areas of Bagbera to evacuate. Several houses were submerged in low-lying areas of Mango. According to information areas like Mango, Jugsalai, Baghbera, Parsudih have been hit. Water clogging at these areas has made difficult for people to move.

According to information nearly 10,000 residents in low-lying areas of Bagbera and Jugsalai in the southern parts of the city on the bank of Kharkai river were affected.

Several residents were taken to identified shelter houses and public announcements were made through public amplifiers to relocate to relief centers. However, water has started receding after opening of sluice gates this morning.

Meanwhile, several apartments were submerged in Adarshnagar Fourth Phase in Sonari area, Patelnagar area of Bhuiyandih and also in Kalikanagar and Mango due to clogged drains and heavy rains.

Local civic bodies have been asked to start spraying bleaching powders at shelter areas by today evening. The district has been hit by flash floods twice in 2011, and once each in 2008 and 2009.

“Weather condition will remain same, by and large, and incessant rains in moderate to heavy form will continue for the next two days,” said the local met office. The monsoon is back to life, here for the last one week, in the wake of cyclonic circulation over Gangetic Bengal and Bangladesh, said a met official.

In the wake of incessant rains, for the last two days, flooding the low lying areas and water level experiencing a gradual increase in the two rivers the authorities have jumped into action.

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