Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, August 19 : The sunshine on Monday brought a ray for hope for the people of the city as water started receding from low lying areas. The clear blue sky gave enough hints for a rain free day.
Weathermen said that the low pressure that shifted from Bay of Bengal to Jharkhand has weakened,.
“The low pressure area over western parts of Gangetic West Bengal was today hovering over north Jharkhand and neighbouring Bihar with an associated cyclonic circulation extending upto 7.6 km above mean sea level. But, as it is gradually weakening, the intensity of showers will be less,” said an official of the SonariMeteorological Centre.
The axis of monsoon trough today passed through Firozpur, Meerut, Lucknow, Purulia, Digha and extended till northwest Bay of Bengal.
Rainfall in the past two days has helped reduce deficit from 31 to 27 per cent. So far this monsoon, Jharkhand received 524.3mm against normal rain of 713.7mm, a deficit of 27 per cent.
Several places of Jharkhand, especially southern and north-western Jharkhand today woke up to overcast skies with intermittent rains.
Chaibasa in West Singhbhumand Jamshedpur recorded over 40 mm of rain while Ramgarh and Chakradharpur in West Singhbhum witnessed 30 mm of rain . More than a dozen Met stations in East Singhbhum, Bokaro and Dhanbad reported rainfall between 10mm and 20 mm.
The officials are conducting round the clock visit in the areas inundated by swelling of Subernarekha and Kharkhai rivers at Bagbera, Mango, Shastrinagar and Jugsalai areas.
Officials of health department said that they are worried as two of the worst affected areas in the recent viral epidemic Bagbera and Mango localities had large areas inundated by the flash flood like situation.
An official said that the local urban bodies namely Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC), Jugsalai municipality and corporate sector Jusco providing civic amenities in Tata Steel command areas have been asked to initiate fogging in the areas on war footing.
�We are concerned about the situation and working hard to ensure that as the water gets receded steps are taken to combat the fear of epidemic,� he noted.
Health officials said that the situation in some areas was prone to spread of water-borne diseases, including gastroenteritis, cholera, malaria and skin infections.
Though the water is such areas started receding from Monday, but a large chunk of land in the low-lying areas faces problem of water logging.