Three persons, including a six-year-old, died. Over 550 people were rendered homeless. A portion of NH-23 got washed away. Bridges and culverts cracked open.
Cyclone Phailin left a trail of destruction and devastation in its wake in Bokaro district with normal life coming to an absolute halt in the past three days. Gale winds at a speed of more than 80kmph, accompanied by heavy rainfall and thunder, uprooted trees, flattened houses and damaged roads.
A swelled-up Garga river inundated several villages and urban localities, rendering over 550 homeless. Six-year-old Vishal Kumar of Sector XII in Bokaro steel city was swept away by the turbulent waters when he went to see the river in spate on Saturday. His body was fished out on Monday about 3km from the spot where he met with the accident.
Two more deaths were reported. One person died in Jaridih when lightning struck on Saturday. At Sector VI of Bokaro steel city, a 70-year-old woman, Malti Devi, died when her mud hut collapsed.
Traffic remains disrupted on NH-23 linking Ramgarh with Bokaro-Chas-Dhanbad after a 50-feet stretch got washed away at Sivandih, 5km from Bokaro steel city. Several other roads are under water. Huge cracks and crevices surfaced on at least six culverts at Chirachas in Chas township, Bermo, Jaridih and Gomia.
“More than 550 people have been evacuated and put up at camps in Chas and Bermo. It will take another two to three days to restore traffic on NH-23 as water is still pouring in from nullahs,” said DC Uma Shankar Singh.
He has also asked circle and block development officers to prepare a list of the affected and offer them relief. “My first priority is to clear NH-23,” Singh added.
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