Jamshedpur, June 1: Normal life in the steel city and adjoin regions was badly hit after a heavy storm coupled with downpour on Wednesday midnight.
Ripped branches of tree fell at several places in Bistupur, Telco and also in the city outskirts. Areas serviced by Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (JUVNL) in the steel city slipped into darkness after the lightning and thunder.
There are reports of tress/ branches fallen at Beldih Lake area, Office Road, road inside Jubilee Park, St. Mile Road, Sakchi Boulevard road, Sidhgora road, Kadma Sonari Link Road, etc.
A low-pressure trough and twin cyclonic circulations, which are pre-monsoonal weather systems, led the season’s ninth Nor’wester in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and several other parts of the state before reaching the neighboring Bengal early this morning.
Both the IMD offices in Patna, Ranchi and the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore in Kolkata confirmed that the pre-monsoonal atmospheric systems resulted in Nor’wester activity covering the two states.
Commuters in Jugsalai and railway station 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 and 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.