Jamshedpur, July 30: The low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbouring coastal Odisha resulted in rains at several places across the district. Jamshedpur and its adjoining districts- West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan- witnessed overcast conditions followed by rain due to the impact of the low pressure.
The local weather office in Jamshedpur recorded 35 mm of rain till 2.30 pm while adjoining Seraikela notched 25 mm. East Singhbhum’s Ghatshila which is close to the Bengal border also experienced heavy showers this morning. The rain was accompanied with thunder and lightning at a few places including Jamshedpur.
” As per our study the low pressure area was hovering over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining north coastal Odisha. An associated cyclonic circulation was also extending upto 7.6 Kms above mean sea level resulting in rain at many places, ” said an official at the Ranchi Meteorological Centre.
According to weathermen at Patna, the low-pressure is gradually intensifying. “ The monsoon trough normally sways during this time of the season. Monsoon was weak in Jharkhand because the trough had shifted away. However, it got reinstated due to the low pressure,” said a weather analyst at Patna.
Meanwhile, commuters faced a harrowing time with potholes on the nearly one-kilometer long Tatanagar overbridge, the only approach way from north-eastern part of the city to the Tatanagar Station.
The condition of the bridge, maintained by South Eastern Railway, especially its end near the Station road is dotted with potholes and craters which during rainy seasons add to the woes.
Rains during the past two days have also affected petty vendors, who are finding it difficult to earn their daily bread in such a situation.
Many parts of Mango, Jugsalai are still under knee-deep water, making it difficult for people to move. Most of the roads are dotted with stalled vehicles, adding to the chaos. In some low lying areas several autos have been reported stranded in water.
However, despite claims from the district administration, the situation in the city may get worse if steps are not taken to remove water clogging in several areas and take other preventive measures.
“Though irregular rains have made life difficult for the residents but still there has not been much flooding even in the low-lying areas. We are keeping a vigil look and are prepared to face any flood like situation,” said an officer of Mango Notified Area Committee.