Jamshedpur : Thursday brought a sigh of relief for the people residing in the low lying areas of the city, as sky remained clear most parts of the city.
However, experts opined that the rain God may play spoil sport in coming hours. Baghbera New Colony, Nirmal Nagar, Shastrinagar and Jugsalai are much affected by the rain.
Water started receding from CP Tola, Somai Jhopri and Baroda Ghat areas of Bagbera, Shiv Ghat, Gari Nawaz Colony and Islam Nagar localities in Jugsalai. Water continued to recede from Kunwar Basti, Old Purulia Road, Sankosai and Hadi Godam (near Kabirnagar) areas of Mango.
Kharkai still flowed at danger mark at 129.740 (danger mark 129 m) while Subernarekha river flowed at 119.600 m (danger mark 122 m).
Several affected families are taking shelter in the relief camps of the district administration as their houses have been inundated with the river water in several low lying areas.
According to information nearly 10,000 families, largely slum dwellers of Kharkhai and Subernarekha catchment areas, have been rescued to the safer places on the insistence of the district administration.
“Almost all the affected families have been rescued to the relief camps and there’s no hurry for them to get back home as we are monitoring the flood situation,” said an official of the administration.
“In both the rivers water level is on a receding mode but we need to be constantly vigil as Odisha is receiving heavy rains without interruption for last few days,” said senior official at district flood control cell.
According to information areas like Mango, Jugsalai, Baghbera, Parsudih have been hit. Water clogging at these areas has made difficult for people to move. The downpour exposed the woeful drainage system on the city roads. Choked drains resulted in water logging in different parts of the city.
The East Singhbhum district civil surgeon has constituted two separate teams of health officials and doctors for providing medicines and other emergency drugs at affected areas.
One team will be maintaining round the clock vigil at Jugsalai, Bagbera and Shastrinagar areas while another team has been deputed for affected areas in Mango.
In a similar situation both the rivers had also surged suddenly on September 9 and August 13 2011 causing submersion of more than 100 houses.
In another such flood in June 2009, one person lost his life while hundreds of houses were submerged.