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Jamshedpur records 230 MM rainfall, houses submerge in rainwater

Jamshedpur, July 24: Incessant rain hit that the city since Saturday has throw life out of gear, with submerging of houses located at low lying areas. According to Meteorological office in Sonari, the low pressure in the Bay of Bengal is bringing heavy rainfall in the region and the situation is likely to remain the same in next 24 hours. The city today recorded 230 MM rainfall.

Areas like Mango, Jugsalai, Baghbera, Pardih have been worst hitMost 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.

Several houses in the area of Kharkhai river have been inundated with river water owing to the incessant rains. According to the reports, slums in the Baghbera, Shastrinagar, Jugsalai, Sonari among other areas that are prone to washout during monsoon season, are confronting problems. The district administration has confirmed about dozen odd houses in the low lying area in Baghbera that have been largely affected with the rise in the water level in Kharkhai river.

“As per our information about dozen odd houses in the low lying area in Baghbera have been affected with the rise in the water level of Kharkhai river,” said, an official adding that efforts are on to evacuate the affected people to relief centers.
The city has turned into a motorists’ nightmare. Many roads are undergoing concretisation and pipeline is being laid in several areas like Jugsalai and Baghbera. As a result the motorists have faced hell during rains. Many motorists have found it difficult to distinguish between the road and the dug up place due to water clogging.

Rains press alarms, administration gears up for flood management Sets up control room

Incessant rains that hit the city from last 24 hours have provoked the district administration of East Singhbhum to take elaborate measures for better flood management this year. Drawing lessons from 2008 floods, the administration is acting strong this time and a meeting was called to discuss preventive measures before the monsoon rain become havoc in the Steel City.

It may be mentioned that the torrential rain coupled with opening of gates of two dams by Orissa and heavy rains and floods in Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa 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. Railways announced the cancellation of more than a dozens trains. Routes of various trains were also diverted due to this.

However this time administration is planning to take preventive measures pre-hand so that horrors of the flood are not repeated.

“The weather condition 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.

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