Jamshedpur, July 21: Several parts of the Kolhan region including Jamshedpur received heavy rain during the last 24 hours due to an active monsoon. The city has recorded 16 MM of rainfall. The rainfall is expected to grow in the next 48 hours.
According to the Meteorological office in Sonari, the low pressure is bringing good rainfall in the region and the situation is likely to remain the same in the next 24 hours. The city today recorded heavy rainfall.Traffic was disrupted as major main roads in the city were inundated. Commuters had a tough time wading through knee-deep water, at some places, to reach their destinations. There is also a fear of an outbreak of water-borne diseases.
According to information, areas like Mango, Jugsalai, Baghbera, Pardih have been the worst hit. Water clogging in these areas has made it difficult for people to move.
Met officials at IMD�s Patna office said the conditions were favourable for rainfall activities across Jharkhand in the next few days. �The monsoon trough is stretched between Punjab and the east central Bay of Bengal over Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring Chhattisgarh. We are hopeful that the rainfall during the next few days will help reduce the deficit in Jharkhand,� said a duty officer at the Patna Meteorological Centre.
Meanwhile residents of Jugsalai complained of water clogging and heap of garbage spread in several nooks and corners of the areas.
It may be mentioned that heavy rains in 2008 had brought life to a standstill. Normal life was thrown out of gear with over 10,000 people becoming homeless. Over 2,000 farm animals were washed away in the floodwater.
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.
He added that it is not about the first rain or last rain. It is the amount of rainfall and timing of high tide. If there is a huge amount of rainfall coinciding with the high tide, it is beyond human control.