Ranchi: The incessant rainfall continued for yet another day in the state capital Ranchi and other districts of Jharkhand crippling the normal life and also adversely impacting the preparations for Durga Puja.
The rainfall which continued on the fifth consecutive day has thrown life out of gear and has ensured that water gets inside in many homes in the rural areas whereas the roads are also overflowing with water.
On the other hand, the weather department has predicted that light to medium rainfall will continue in the state till October 3rd. Due to heavy rainfall and waterlogging Train number 18622, Hatia-Patna Patliputra Express has been canceled from Hatia on Sunday and Train Number 18621 Patna-Hatia Patliputra Express has been cancelled from Patna on Monday.
According to the weather department over the last 24 hours monsoon has been very active over the state and almost the entire state has received light to medium range of rainfall. On the other hand, some of the Northern and Central regions of the state have reported heavy to very heavy rainfall.
The maximum rainfall of 180 mm was recorded in Deoghar while the minimum temperature was recorded at Ranchi at 18.8 degree Celsius. In its warning, the weather department has said that on September 30th also many regions of the state will continue to witness light to medium range of rainfall whereas for October 1 it has predicted rainfall in Deoghar Dhanbad Dumka Giridih Godda Jamtada Pakur and Sahibganj district.
From June 1 to September 29 the rainfall deficit in the state has reduced to 21 percent whereas in Ranchi district it was deficient by 29 percent. The rainfall has increased gas leakage in Jharia and other colliery areas of the state and people are finding tough to live in areas suspectable to landslides and those reeling under underground fire.
Some of the colliery areas have also reported cave-ins however no loss to life and property has been reported. Due to the nonstop rainfall the final touches on the Durga Puja pandals have not been given as still major work was left at the highly visited pandals of the city which included Bakri Bazar Ranchi Railway Station Rajasthan Mitra Mandal Kokar Bandhgadi Jyoti Sangam and Satyam Amar Lok.
The heads of the different Puja organizing committee had decided to earlier open the pandals for the people on Panchami but now they have decided to watch out the weather for the next two days and then take a decision.
Patron of the Ranchi Jila Durga Puja committee Munchun Rai said that a meeting will be held on Monday day and after making assessment on the losses caused by the rainfall and the work remaining in the Pandal a decision would be taken on opening them for the devotees and also a call would be made on the date for immersion of the idols.