Ranchi’s skyline is cloudy on Saturday after days of rain, but in Jamshedpur, overnight showers have forced Keenan Stadium groundsmen to cover the pitch for Sunday’s Delhi-Jharkhand Ranji tie which now looks to be a non-starter. Pictures by Prashant Mitra and Bhola Prasad
Ranchi/Jamshedpur, Oct. 26: Jharkhand remained in the grip of maverick weather systems with intermittent rains bringing temperatures down and partially affecting normal life.
Till 5.30pm today, Ranchi received 21.8mm rainfall and Jamshedpur 45mm as it had rained through the night. Dhanbad and Bokaro experienced showers, too. Rain was sporadic in Dumka, but Daltonganj and Hazaribagh enjoyed a respite.
Met offices forecast isolated rains across Jharkhand till Sunday with the intensity reducing in the next 24 hours.
According to B.N. Choudhary, senior weatherman at Patna Meteorological Centre, the depression near coastal Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu had moved towards Arabian Sea and its impact would lessen in the next 48 hours.
“Jharkhand will witness rainfall in isolated places for at least the next two days. Clear sky is expected from October 29 onwards,” Choudhary said.
Subernarekha and Kharkai rivers were in spate due to the downpour with the former almost touching the danger level of 121.5m (it was flowing in Mango, Jamshedpur, at 121.14m at 6pm).
Kharkai had crossed the danger level (129m) and was flowing at 129.5m in the evening.
The East Singhbhum administration was on alert, fearing inundation of low-lying areas. Local civic bodies — Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee and its counterparts in Mango, Jugsalai and Adityapur — were closely monitoring water levels through the district flood control cell.
In Jamshedpur, the showers continued well into this morning forcing several to skip their daily walkathons at Jubilee Park. “I missed my daily walk, as rains forced me to stay indoors. I also could not feed the crows and pigeons at the park,” rued Rajkumar Mohanty, an employee of a private firm.
Woollies were out in Ranchi, as is the norm around this time of the year, but residents admitted it felt colder than usual. The minimum temperature was around 19 degree celsius (two degrees below normal) today.
There was a nip in the air in Jamshedpur, too. The maximum temperature was 25.8 degree celsius (four degrees below normal), while the minimum was 22 degree celsius (three degrees below normal).
Relative humidity was 96 per cent (maximum) and 84 per cent (minimum).