Monday, March 8, 2021

Flood threat looms over Steel City, rivers surge as water released from dam

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Jamshedpur : Incessant rains that hit the city from last 48 hours have provoked the district administration of East Singhbhum to take elaborate measures for better flood management this year.

The authorities had to take this decision on the water level in the two rivers almost reached the danger mark and the gates of the backwal dam in Mayurbhanj, Odisha has been partially lifted to release the flood water which eventually reached Kharkhai.

“The weather is likely to remain largely the same at least for next couple of hours and rains will continue,” said officials at the Patna met office. “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.

The Seraikela administration has put the authorities on alert and asked them to arrange rescue boats, life jackets, dragon lights, tarpaulin sheets, among other safety equipments, before time.

In the wake of incessant rains, for the last six days, flooding the low lying areas and water level experiencing a gradual increase in the two rivers the authorities have jumped into action. In the Steel city,
However this time administration is planning to take preventive measures pre-hand so that horrors of the flood are not repeated.

According to information, Kharkhai is flowing at 130.80 meters in Adityapur (danger mark 139 meter) Subernarekha was flowing at 120.46 meters (danger mark 122 meters). With rains continuing in the region and sluice gate yet to be closed there is imminent danger of flash flood in low-lying areas.

It may be mentioned that the torrential rain coupled with opening of gates of two dams by Odisha and heavy rains and floods in Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha flooded Jamshedpur in June 2008 and brought life to a standstill. Normal life was badly hit with over 10,000 people becoming homeless.

Over 2,000 farm animals were washed away in the floodwater. Even last year, the rain brought life to a standstill. However this time administration is planning to take preventive measures pre-hand so that horrors of the flood are not repeated.

The administration is working on plans to ensure safety and better flood management system during the monsoon season.

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