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Several houses ruined in flood water as incessant rain throws life out of gear

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Jamshedpur : More than 100 houses in the low lying areas of city were submerged in past 48 hours amid strong flood threats as the water level in the twin rivers, Kharkai and Swarnrekha, suddenly surged above danger mark following heavy rain in the catchments areas due to cyclone Phailin.

According to the information received from the flood control room here Kharkai was flowing at 134.15 meters, 5.15 meters above the danger mark of 129 meter in Adityapur area while river Swarnrekha at Mango was flowing at 122.78 meters against the red mark of 121.5 meters at 1200 hrs. The level in both the rivers was still rising.

Residents of Hayat Nagar created ruckus after the water started entering their residential areas. A group of people destroyed boundary wall of Astha Complex to evacuate water. This led to a brawl however timely intervention of the policemen pacified the agitation.

Officials said that more than 60 houses in Baghbera, around 50 houses in Shastrinagar and some other low lying areas were submerged. All the necessary rescue and relief measures were being taken to effectively tackle the situation. ‘We have vacated several houses and shifted the people to safer places.

As the water level was still on the rise we have put our system on high alert to meet any eventuality,’ He said adding no loss of life has been reported so far and flow of water through the sluice gates of Kharkai and Banckwel dams was completely stopped.

Meanwhile 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.

The traffic police had a tough time regulating traffic in the affected areas. In a few areas, traffic constables were seen opening manhole covers to enable free flow of rainwater into the drains.

Rain water gushed into houses in many low-lying area, said officials. Many areas including Jugsalai were also plunged into darkness after electric cables were snapped due to the falling trees.

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. Motorists had to struggle to get through the water-logged roads.

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.

“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 resident of Jugsalai complained of water clogging and heap of garbage spread in several nooks and corners of the areas.

River Swarnrekha and Kharkai, flow through the different parts of the city, which is also called as steel city due to the presence of a large number of steel and related industries.

In a similar situation both the rivers had also surged suddenly on September 9 and August 13 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.

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