Rain fury leaves Jharkhand cities including capital Ranchi water logged

Even as the city got respite from the rain by the afternoon, weather officials said intermittent rains coupled with one or two spells of heavy showers may continue in Ranchi during next 48 hours.

Updated: Sep 03, 2018 14:54:33

By HT Correspondents

Commuters ride through a water logged Court road in Ranchi, September 2, 2018. (Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Intermittant spells of heavy rain continued in various parts of Jharkhand’s capital on Sunday morning after heavy rains that lashed Ranchi on Saturday evening. Ranchi recorded 90mm rainfall since 8.30 am on Saturday till 2.30 pm on Sunday causing waterlogging in low-lying areas, washing away a culvert and uprooting half a dozen trees.

A culvert connecting Nagri to Naya Sarai was washed away in the heavy rain. However, officials with road construction department said traffic movement was not hit, as a bridge was constructed recently in the area to connect the two destinations. A large tree was also seen lying on Harmu road.

Day after the heavy rain, people in different parts of the city were seen struggling with waterlogging. Roads in Morabadi area, tribal research institute near Bihar Club towards Kutchery, railway station and Ratu Road were submerged in water. Water gushed in several houses in low lying areas near Kabristan in Ratu and Vidyanagar in Harmu.

A Congress team led by its former state secretary Aditya Vikram Jaiswal visited Vidyanagar on Sunday take stock of the area. “People of Vidyanagar are living in very bad condition. The entire area is waterlogged and people are stuck in their houses,” Jaiswal said, adding, he rang the municipal officials to clear the waterlogging at the earliest.

Usha Devi, a resident of Vidyanagar, said, “Drain water entered the house causing chaos in carrying out daily chores. But, no civic body official has visited the place so far.”

Water logging after continuous rain at Vidya nagar in Ranchi, September 2, 2018. ( HT Photo )

Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) officials said they have pressed sanitation workers into the cleanliness service.

Even as the city got respite from the rain by the afternoon, weather officials said intermittent rains coupled with one or two spells of heavy showers may continue in Ranchi during next 48 hours.

Forecasting officer at Ranchi meteorological centre Upendra Srivastava said, “Most parts of the state have received good rainfall in the past 24 hours due to a monsoon trough line, which is passing through Jharkhand, and a cyclonic circulation over north Odisha. Major parts of the state would be receiving light to moderate rainfall in the next two thee days. Some pockets of the state could even witness heavy rainfall,” he said.

On Sunday, Dhanbad too experienced heavy rainfall with most part of the district being submerged in water. Dharmshala road in Jharia witnessed similar scenes as even rainwater gushed in several houses and shops damaging goods worth several lakhs.

Water logged Dharamshala road at Jharia in Dhanbad on Sunday, September 2,2018 ( Bijay / HT Photo )

Waterlogging on national highway-32 near Dhanbad rail division headquarters severely affected traffic movement. Pedestrian had to face hardship. At Bartand, rain water entered premises of Asian Dwarika Jalan Hospital while four lanes of Jayaprakash Nagar were also completely submerged.

Mayor Chandrashekhar Agrawal said that half a dozen teams have been pressed into service to clear the drainage to address waterlogging problem.

Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) management issued an alert in underground coal mines in wake of the heavy rain.

The ongoing heavy showers, however, helped Jharkhand bring down the rain deficiency to 22%, which was 26% till August 30. The state has received 675.5mm rainfall against the normal rainfall of 868mm from June 1 to September 2.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 14:54:33


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