Eight radial gates of Chandil Dam, which were opened on Monday night. Picture by Bhola Prasad
East Singhbhum district administration on Tuesday afternoon issued a flash flood alert in low-lying city areas as authorities opened dam gates in Jharkhand and Odisha from Monday night onwards.
Water levels of Subernarekha and Kharkai rose on Tuesday morning, an outcome of dam gates being opened at Chandil, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Bankabal and Sulaipath, both at Mayurbhanj in Odisha.
At 6pm on Tuesday, a Subernarekha Multipurpose Project flood cell communiqué dispatched to East Singhbhum district administration divulged the rise in water levels.
Subernarekha at Mango brimmed at 119.42m, while Kharkai at Adityapur had welled up to 128.72m.
Both the readings are perilously close to the danger levels 121.5m (Subernarekha) and 129m (Kharkai).
Water from Kharkai entered Nai Basti and Baroda Ghat in Bagbera around 7pm. Vigil has been intensified in Jugsalai, Shastrinagar (Kadma) and Bhuiyandih.
Continuous showers from August 17 forced authorities to open eight radial dam gates of Chandil on Monday night, releasing 1837.27 cumec (cubic metre per second) of water into Subernarekha.
On Tuesday morning, three gates of Bankabal and two of Sulaipath, both in Odisha, were opened, releasing 405 cumec and 485 cumec respectively, into Kharkai.
Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) East Singhbhum Ganesh Kumar, who is in-charge of the disaster management cell, said Dhalbhum SDO Subodh Kumar had been made nodal officer for the flash flood monitoring body.
“All special officers of local urban bodies and circle officer of Jamshedpur have been asked to intensify vigil 24/7 at low-lying areas identified at the earlier disaster management meeting. Officials have been asked to keep ready shelters such as community and school halls for use of those affected by flash flood,” said the ADC .
Dhalbhum SDO Subodh Kumar on Tuesday evening asked municipality top brass R.N. Dwiwedi, Sushil Kumar, Sitaram Singh and Prabhat Bhushan to keep ready public amplifiers for evacuation announcements. “We have also alerted district civil surgeon Jagat Bhushan,” said Kumar.