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Shower show to continue

If it was a flooded Tuesday in Ranchi, it will be a bounty Wednesday across Jharkhand, with weathermen predicting a good spell in the next 24 hours.

The Patna Meteorological Centre said that the axis of monsoon trough would gradually tilt towards the state and that would result in downpour. Both the IMD’s Patna and Ranchi observatories have issued heavy rain alert in isolated pockets.

“Rainfall activity is expected to gain momentum from tomorrow (Wednesday) owing to reorientation of the monsoon trough,” said BK Mandal, the director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta predicted widespread rain over Jharkhand. “Thundershowers are also expected at many places after the next 24 hours,” said director GC Debnath.

Tuesday saw sharp showers in Palamau and Simdega districts, besides Ranchi, which recorded around 30mm. An hour-long bout in the afternoon threw life out of gear in the capital city. While a girl fell off her scooter on a waterlogged Kutchery Road (above), a civil court advocate claimed his residence in Hindpiri had been flooded.

While pockets of Tharpakhna and the Old Hazaribagh Road in Ranchi remained waterlogged, drains along Baralal Street, Old Commissioner’s Compound and Radheshyam Lane overflowed, giving students of Marwari College, Zilla School, Ursline Convent, LEBB High School and other educational institutions a harrowing time.

Tuesday’s shower show dragged down Jharkhand’s deficit by four notches to six per cent. Against a normal 668mm, the state has received 626.3mm so far.

Garhwa still tops the rain-loss list with 43 per cent. The deficit in Ranchi is 38 per cent and in Lohardaga 37 per cent. Some districts that figure on the surplus list include West Singhbhum with 55 per cent, East Singhbhum with seven per cent and Hazaribagh with 11 per cent.

Text by Pinaki Majumdar & Raj Kumar, picture by Hardeep Singh