Waterlogged Steel City stares at surge in cases of vector diseases | Ranchi News

Jamshedpur: Incessant rain in the Kolhan region for the past two days has put East Singhbhum district authorities on their toes as they battle to contain Covid-19 infection spread and prevent waterlogging and vector-borne diseases.
Officials of both the two urban municipal bodies in Steel City — Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) and Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) — are coordinating with the district health department to ensure that localities are not inundated and issues of vector-borne diseases and the coronavirus pandemic are addressed.
JNAC city manager Ambuj Singh said, “Supervisors have been deployed across all identified low-lying areas and work to clean clogged drains and removal of garbage piles is on.”
Slum areas located close to the Kharkhai river embankment in Bagbera, Kadma and Sonari those located near the Subernarekha river like Bhuyandih, Babudih and Bagunnagar are on JNAC radar, Singh said.
Similarly, MNAC said teams have been deployed in low-lying areas close to Subernarekha river and at other places which are prone to waterlogging during the rainy season.
“Since Friday evening, teams are working in the identified areas,” MNAC city manager Jeetender Singh said.
In the city areas, several places like Olidih, Sankosai, Mango, Jawarharnagar, Transportnagar, Zakirnagar, and Old Purulia Road among others witnessed waterlogging.
To contain any outbreak of diseases, the officials said they have sprayed anti-larval chemicals and sprinkled bleaching powders in several areas.
While the civil surgeon is not available to comment on the preventions taken, a district health official said, “Health check-up camps will be organized in localities on a need basis to ensure that there is no disease outbreak.”
Meanwhile, both Kharkhai and Surbernarekha rivers are swelling because of the rain in the past 24 hours coupled with the opening of seven floodgates by Chandil Dam, five gates by Galudih barrage and one by Bankbil Dam at Mayurnhanj in Odisha. While Subernarekha has a water level of 119 m, Kharkhai recorded 128 m. Both levels are one metre below the danger mark.
Subodh Jha, a Bagbera resident said, “Kharkhai river water entered into over a dozen houses in Baroda Ghat (Bagbera) and more houses will be inundated if the water level increases further.”
Currently, there are no signs of any let-up in the downpour. The IMD, Ranchi centre, said more rain will follow in the Kolhan region for the next few days. S D Koltal, director of the centre, said, “A new low-pressure system is developing over the Bay of Bengal and it will bring more rain in Jharkhand from August 24.”

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