Flood alert in Jharkhand; 3 die in bridge collapse



Ranchi: Three persons were on Saturday killed when a bridge collapsed in Palamau while a high alert was sounded in several districts following possibility of floods in the wake of incessant rains and dam waters being released into rivers in Jharkhand.

Two women and a girl were killed when Ausnae road bridge over Koel river collapsed under Chenpur block in Palamau district this evening, the police said at Palamau?s headquarter town of Medininagar.

Another bridge over Tehela river in neighbouring Garhwa district also collapsed last night, cutting off road link to Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh, a senior official in Garhwa said.

A press release issued by the Disaster Management department warned about possible floods and advised people staying in low-lying areas in Palamau, Garhwa, Sahebganj, Godda, Pakur and Jamshedpur, Gumla, Simdega and Lohardaga to move to safer places.

The flood alert was issued after 34,000 cusec water was released from Bansagar in Madhya Pradesh and 1,70,000 cusec water released from Rehend in Uttar Pradesh which would swell rivers flowing in the districts bordering those states, the release said.

The Ganga is also flowing above danger level in Sahebganj, it added.

The weather office forecast rains in the next 12 to 24 hours across Jharkhand, which recorded 80 to 90 mm rainfall during the last three days caused by a deep depression.

According to an official press release, people staying in low lying areas in Palamau, Garhwa, Chatra, Sahebganj, Godda, Pakur, Jamshedpur, Gumla, Simdega, Lohardaga, Ranchi, Khunti and Bokaro were advised be alert in the wake of release of water by Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh from their respective dams.

Flood alert has been issued in Palamau division following 34,000 cusecs release from Bansagar in Madhya Pradesh, 1,70,000 cusecs from Rehend in Uttar Pradesh, the release said.

A direction has been issued to the district administration to make arrangements in shifting people, staying in low-lying areas along river Sone and other rivers, to safer places, the release added.

The water level in Dhanbad?s Panchet and Maithon dams and Tenughat in Bokaro are also full following the incessant rains.

The Ganga is flowing above danger level in Sahebganj, the release added.

According to an official press release, people staying in low lying areas in Palamau, Garhwa, Chatra, Sahebganj, Godda, Pakur, Jamshedpur, Gumla, Simdega, Lohardaga, Ranchi, Khunti and Bokaro were advised be alert in the wake of release of water by Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh from their respective dams.

Flood alert has been issued in Palamau division following 34,000 cusecs release from Bansagar in Madhya Pradesh, 1,70,000 cusecs from Rehend in Uttar Pradesh, the release said.

A direction has been issued to the district administration to make arrangements in shifting people, staying in low-lying areas along river Sone and other rivers, to safer places, the release added.

The water level in Dhanbad?s Panchet and Maithon dams and Tenughat in Bokaro are also full following the incessant rains.

The Ganga is flowing above danger level in Sahebganj, the release added.

PTI