Saturday, December 4, 2021

Weather improves, city heaves a sigh of relief

Jamshedpur : Residents of city heaved a sigh of relief as weather improved on Monday after last night’s heavy rain due to impact of tropical cyclone Hudhud.

Intermittent rain that hit the city in the evening on Sunday led to water clogging in the low-lying areas and throne life out of gear.

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.

Several apartments in Mango and pockets in urban slums like Birsanagar, Baridih, Hume Pipe area in Bhuiyandih, Gurudwara Basti in Kalimati Road, Sakchi were affected.

Residents of low-lying areas, which usually used to face the brunt of flash floods, escaped this time as the two dams (Chandil in Seraikela-Kharsawan and Bankabal in Mayurbhanj,Odisha) were not opened this time. According to district flood control cell, the dam water level which were touching its maximum touching capacity last night slowly started receding since morning.

Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (formerly JSEB) had cut off its power supply as a precautionary measure last night at Mango, Bagbera, Harharguttu, Kitadih, Jugsalai, major portion of Sonari and Kadma, Chotagovindpur, Birsanagar, Karandih, Baridih, Bagunhatu, Bagunnagar, Parsudih, Sarjamda, Sundernagar, Rahergora and Barigora.

“ Yes we had cut off power supply fearing damage to the electric poles, transformers and possible electrocution due to gusty winds. However, with weather improving in the morning we gradually restored normalcy,” said general manager JUVNL) Singhbhum area, A. P Singh.

According to information areas like Mango, Jugsalai, Baghbera, Pardih have been worst 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.

It may be mentioned that heavy rains in 2008 had brought life to a standstill. Normal life was thrown out of gear with over 10,000 people becoming homeless. Over 2,000 farm animals were washed away in the floodwater.

Meanwhile S R A Rizwi Chabban, secretary, Jharkhand State Congress Party, said steps should be taken to fill the pots in several areas of Mango like Azad Nagar, Zakirangar and Old Pururia Road. “If some spots get flooded with just the initial spell of rains what will happen when the heavy monsoon rains actually starts,” he noted.

“There has been water logging since last night. People are finding it difficult to cross. Moreover last year’s situation is still a nightmare for us it is high time for the administration to take preventive measures before untoward incident take place,” said Bharat Mahato, a resident of Baghbera.

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