Jamshedpur, June 17: The city and other parts received substantial rainfall on Thursday, rising hopes for a reactive monsoon as predicted by the weathermen. However, intermittent rain that hit the city has also led to water clogging in the low-lying areas and throwing life out of gear.
According to the Meteorological office in Sonari, the low pressure in the Bay of Bengal 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 50 MM 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.
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.
“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 situation,” said an officer of Jugsalai Municipality
Meanwhile residents of Jugsalai complained of water clogging and heaps 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.
“If some spots get flooded with just the initial spell of rains what will happen when the heavy monsoon rains actually starts,” he noted. “There has been water logging since last night. People are finding it difficult to cross. Moreover, last year’s situation is still a nightmare for us. It is high time for the administration to take preventive measures before untoward incidents take place,” said Barun Mahato, a resident of Bagbera.