The Telegraph
Tuesday , August 5 , 2014
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Flood alert for city & outskirts

- Rivers swell, special team on watch

The East Singhbhum district administration on Monday sounded a flood warning for low-lying areas in and around the city after heavy rainfall induced by a low-pressure trough over the Bay of Bengal raised water levels in the Subernarekha and its tributary Kharkai.

The local meteorological centre has warned of more rain in the next 24 hours, prompting the administration to prepare contingency plans to tackle flash floods.

According to sources, three sluice gates of Bankabal Dam and two gates of Sulaipat Dam (popularly known as Kharkai Dam) — both in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha — were opened on Monday following heavy downpour in the neighbouring state. This apart, one gate of Chandil Dam in Seraikela-Kharsawan district was also opened in the evening. While 530 cumec (cubic metre per second) of water was discharged from Bankabal Dam, 252 cumec from Sulaipat Dam and 113 cumec from Chandil Dam was released that saw the rivers flowing near the danger mark.

Around 4.30pm, Kharkai was flowing at a height of 130.14m in Adityapur, a little above its danger mark of 129m. Subernarekha, on the other hand, was touching 119.1m at Mango as against its permissible limit of 121.5m. Sources claimed Kharkai water already entered low-lying areas of Bagbera, Baroda ghat and Islam Nagar in Jugsalai.

“Reports of the local meteorological centre suggest that there are possibilities of heavy rainfall in the region in the next 24 hours. The two swelling rivers may inundate the low-lying areas by late in the evening today,” said Ganesh Kumar, additional deputy commissioner.

Also, the administration constituted a special team to monitor the situation, while the flood control cell of Subernarekha Multipurpose Project has been directed to submit reports on the two swelling rivers every hour.

This apart, Jusco has been asked to stay prepared with motorboats, paddleboats and rafts. Special officers of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee, Mango Notified Area Committee, Jugsalai Municipality and Jamshedpur circle officer have been asked to co-ordinate among themselves on a 24-hour basis for any emergency evacuation.