A hyper active south-west monsoon brought heavy to very heavy rains in parts of Jharkhand creating flood-like situation. The administration officials, however, said that they were dealing with the situation proactively and the situation was likely to ease out by Friday.
Among the worst affected were Jamshedpur and Ramgarh districts, although heavy rain was recorded in almost all areas of the state. According to the Indian Meteorological Department’s Ranchi office, Jamshedpur received the heaviest rainfall of 270 mm in the last 24 hours. Almost all the areas in the Central, South and North-West Jharkhand received at least 80 mm or more rain.
The weather forecast for Friday indicates that some places in South, Central and North-West Jharkhand may witness heavy rainfall.
With rainfall starting late Wednesday evening and continuing through the night, Subarnarekha and Kharkai Rivers in Jamshedpur were flowing above the danger mark. While Subarnarekha flowed at around 2.5 metres above the danger mark (121.50 metres), Kharkai too was flowing at around 4.5 metres above the danger mark (129 metres).
The flooding in these two rivers has been caused due to release of water from Chandil dam (located in neighbouring Seraikela Khrasawan district), where officials opened eight of the 13 gates following consistent rain since the last three days.
“The low lying localities in areas like Mango, Kadma, Sonari and Bagbera have been worst affected. Water has entered houses in some of the colonies like Shastri Nagar and Bagbera. However, one of the gates of the Chandil dam has been closed, indicating that the situation is easing out,” said an official from the district administration of Jamshedpur.
At least 26 big and small relief camps for the affected residents have been set up in these areas. “Deputy Commissioner, along with Sub-Divisional Officers are leading and monitoring the relief work. The situation is under control,” said the official.
Meanwhile, in Ramgarh, a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), along with State Project Officer (Disaster Management), Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, conducted a recce around the dams, including Patratu, following reports of increase in the water level due to consisten rain. “The team and administration have identified safe place for relief camp in case of need,” said an NRF official in Ranchi. Earlier, Rajrappa, a pilgrimage centre in the district, was also affected due to heavy rain. The rain-fed Bhairavi and Damodar, at whose confluence Rajrappa is situated, are swollen and some roadside shops located along the River Bhairavi were washed away in the strong currents, while the pathway to the goddess’ shrine was reportedly damaged.
“There were reports of some people getting stuck on a high land in Latehar, after water levels rose in a small river. However, they were rescued by locals,” said the official.