Heavy rains lash Kolhan, rivers overflow, homes flooded

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NDRF team in rescue act in Chakradharpur

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Jamshedpur, Aug 18: Heavy rains since Saturday evening in Kolhan Division have affected life adversely by submerging residential areas and also accounting for destruction of many homes. Rising water levels of all major rivers in the Division is the reason for this high voltage crisis. The ill effects of the heavy and almost unabated rainfall have also taken its toll at Kolhan’s biggest government hospital, MGM where overflowing water has entered the buildings causing innumerable problems to patients and staff. Adarshnagar in Sonari is also under flood conditions making life difficult for the residents.

Water enters homes, flood colonies and roads

Chakradharpur: Chakradharpur in West Singhbhum district is flooded as most residential areas are water logged. The over bridge across River Sanjay on the Sonua-Chakradharpur Road is submerged due to the overflowing river. Muktinath Ghat on the bank of River Sanjay along with Purana Basti, Bhaliakudar, Dandasai and other areas are scenes of flooded homes, lanes and alleys. An NDRF team from Ranchi is rescuing people stuck in flooded areas and taking them to safer areas. Flood waters have decimated many houses in Karaikela Neechey Tola, Kalindi Tola and Bada Gaon in Nakti Panchayat under Chakradharpur sub division. The canal from the Nakti Reservoir was damaged near Lal Bazaar resulting in the submerging of the Anganwadi Kendra in Sahu Tola while two third of the Centre in Nayak Tola is under water. Water has gushed into many houses in nearby colonies. Absence of drainage systems is the main cause of water logging. But, on the other hand, the farmers are happy because of the heavy monsoon showers as they are beneficial for rice crop sowing.

The water level in Sanjay River has exceeded the danger level. The Roro River in Chaibasa is also in spate. The river water has been flowing into many homes making it difficult for people to move out of their houses. The roads and drains in residential areas are water logged and garbage from drains is flowing onto roads. The force of water in the drains is risky for people. Many houses in Chaibasa have been submerged in the sudden flood waters.

ANM hostellers safe: The flash flood at 7 am today accounted for the ANM school building being submerged. Being close to the river bank, the school building was flooded as soon as the waters exceeded the danger level mark. Immediately on information the police and administration along with the school management rescued the stranded hostel students and took them to safety.

Half of the areas in Patu Colony and Kudlibari under Chakradharpur Block are submerged. Local people have rescued those stuck in the flood and have been taken to JLN College where a relief camp has been set up. It is estimated that more than 50 houses have been submerged by the flood waters.

Water levels rise in Baitarani, other major rivers: Many areas in and around Jetgarh have experienced heavy rainfall. As a result the water levels in Baitarani and other major rivers have risen above danger level and most low lying areas have been flooded. An official of the meteorological department  said that a maximum of 133.4 mm rain had been recorded on Saturday night in West Singhbhum.

Heavy rains are continuing to lash Saranda areas since 9 pm Saturday. People have been forced to stay indoors. West Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner Arwa Rajkamal visited the flood affected areas and assured the people that the administration would provide all possible help to them.

Water enters SAIL housing complex: The incessant rains since the past 24 hours in the Kiriburu Township has brought life to a standstill. Many houses in the SAIL Colony are almost submerged due to the rains. Hutments of poor people have also been submerged. The Lake Garden tank is also flooded with rain water. water from the lake is flowing over the guard wall. People had put in fish fries in the lake

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