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Preventive measures against flash floods ordered, civic bodies to carry drive

Jamshedpur, July 2: The East Singhbhum district administration has begun taking preventive measures to contain any threat of flash flood in the city.

The administration directed the officials of various departments to carry out cleanliness of various localities, culverts, drains and other parts of the city.

The DC has ordered that the low-lying areas situated close to the Swarnarekha and Kharkai Rivers should be earmarked so that preventive action may be taken in case of heavy rains and flooding of these areas.

The meeting was attended by the special officers of all three municipal bodies, Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) and Jugsalai Municipality.

It may be mentioned that the torrential rain coupled with opening of gates of the two dams by Odisha and heavy rains and floods in Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha inundated 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 by the floodwater. Even last year, the rain brought life to a standstill.
However, this time the administration is planning to take preventive measures ahead of the rains 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.

“Though the rains in the city have been normal this time but we are working on a strategy to coordinate in such a way that the there is no negative impact of rains in the city. We will also streamline the functioning of disaster management cell,” said an official.

The East Singhbhum administration has also decided to open up a control room that will coordinate with different agencies working to check the effects of incessant rains.

“We are taking preventive measures as this time we are not going to take any chances but steps are being taken to prepare an action plan to combat flood situation.

All the notified area committees will supervise the operations in their jurisdictions while the control room will keep in touch with them,” said a district official.

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