Jharkhand blames Orissa for flood, calls out army

June 19th, 2008 - 2:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, June 19 (IANS) Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda Thursday blamed Orissa for opening the gates of dams causing a flood in steel city Jamshedpur even as the army was called out to help in relief work. “Orissa opened the gates of two dams without informing us. This caused the flood in Jamhsedpur,” Koda told reporters Thursday.

He said: “Our government should have been informed before the dams’ gates were opened. We will ask the Orissa government to take suitable action against the officials involved in the act.”

The two dams, whose gates were opened by Orissa, were Revan dam and Bank Bill dam situated on the Jharkhand border.

The rains have brought cheers to farmers but woes to people living in urban areas of Ranchi and Jamshedpur.

In Jamshedpur, the army has been pressed into service for relief work. Thirty boats are being used to shift people to safer places.

The flash flood has affected over 100,000 people in Ranchi and Jamshedpur.

Three rivers - Damodar, Kharkai, and Suvarnarekha - are overflowing and posing a threat to Ranchi and Jamshedpur cities.

At Tori railway station near Ranchi, the water level on the railway track has gone up to three feet.

The flash flood destroyed a culvert on the road connecting Ranchi to Gumla and damaged a bridge on Kusum river in Latehar district.

Nearly seven dams’ gates in various parts of Jharkhand have been damaged due to the water pressure.

Over 120 houses collapsed in the state due to the rain. At many places in Ranchi and Jamshedpur, trees fell on roads, disrupting traffic.

The worst affected city is Jamshedpur. The Jharkhand government appointed two additional deputy commissioners - Nitin Madan Kulkarni and Sunil Barnawal - to supervise the relief work there.

Jamshedpur has received 338 mm of rain in the last four days.

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