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Rain stops, water recedes from rivers

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Jamshedpur, Aug. 13: Saturday 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 due to monsoons.

Swarnarekha and Kharkhai rivers were inching to danger marks in this steel city on Thursday and Friday as incessant rains since Wednesday submerged about 100 houses in the low-lying areas.

The rain loss, which had been static at 23 per cent for last few days, dropped six notches to 17 per cent with most parts of the state, recording the generous bounty of the deep depression. Against a normal of 657.9mm, the actual rainfall till Thursday was 543mm, a deficit of 17 per cent.

The districts which entered the surplus list from defict included Dumka ( 4 per cent) and Deoghar ( 2 per cent). East Singhbhum district which was already there in surplus list with 41 per cent improved its figure in 24 hours. Today the surplus figure read 51 per cent.

Jamshedpur which scored eight year’s record rain of 219 mm on Tuesday midnight experienced another 96.2 mm during the last 24-hours ( 5.30 pm of Wednesday to 5.30 pm of Thursday).

The good news doesn’t end here. In its afternoon bulletin, both the Patna and Ranchi Meteorological Centres said the deep depression which resulted in the shower show, was moving in the north westwards direction and that it would continue the largesse for another 24 hours or so.

Baghbera New Colony, Nirmal Nagar, Shastrinagar and Jugsalai are much affected by the rains. “In both the rivers water level is on a receding mode but we need to be constantly vigil as Orissa is receiving heavy rains without interruption for last few days,” said senior official at district flood control cell.

There was, however no report of any loss of life due to the flood-like situation and East Singhbhum district administration has shifted the affected families living in low-lying areas of Bagbera to a nearby primary school building during the day. The administration has appealed to others living in low-lying areas to shift to safer places in view of the rising water levels of the two rivers.

The water level of rivers Subarnarekha and Kharkai, swelled alarmingly yesterday due to releasing of water from Chandil and neighbouring Odisha’s dams, was receding fast today as rains stopped and bright sunshine came out.

Water level of the twin rivers rose dangerously since yesterday morning due to incessant rains for the couple of days and opening up of sluice gates of the dams, submerged several low-lying areas like Jugsalai, Bagbera, Shastrinagar, Adityapur, Mango, Searikela in East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts.

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