Incessant rain since Sunday night, coupled with water released from Chandil Dam in Seraikela-Kharsawan on Monday, led to swelling of two rivers of Kharkai and Subernarekha and prompted East Singhbhum district administration to be on alert for the third time this monsoon for any flash flood eventuality in low-lying areas in and around Jamshedpur.

The administration on Monday evening around 5pm started public announcements through local urban bodies in low-lying areas of Jamshedpur, including Shastrinagar, Bagbera, Mango and Jugsalai, asking residents to be prepared to move to relief centres – community halls, public and government buildings – fast if the rivers overflowed.

According to flood control cell, on Monday at 8.10pm, water level of Subernarekha at Mango, East Singhbhum, was 121.28 metre, nudging its danger level of 121.5 metre. Kharkai in Adityapur, adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan, was flowing above the 129-metre danger mark at 129.85 metre. Read more