Normal life was disrupted on Saturday morning as heavy rains lashed wide parts of the Jammu province, causing waterlogging and traffic jams at many places in the city. However, there was no report of any major damage which came as a relief to the people who were experiencing humid conditions over the past couple of days.
The MeT office has predicted scattered rains at a few places in the region till October 1. The residents of Jammu woke up to a heavy cloud cover followed by rains and had to face waterlogging and traffic snarls at various places, including Panama chowk and Canal road. The rainwater entered into houses and shops at different low lying areas due to flooding of streams, causing hardships to the people who were seen wading through the waters, the officials said. They said that there was no major report of any damage in the affected areas, but a few illegal constructed structures on the banks of streams suffered some damage due to the sudden increase in the water flow.
The rains stopped around noon but overcast conditions continued to prevail in the city. Reports of heavy rains were also reported from other districts of the Jammu province, the officials said. The minimum temperature in Jammu was 23.2 degrees Celsius —1.8 degrees above normal during this part of the season, a spokesman of the MeT department said.
According to reports, River Ganges is overflowing and red alert has been declared in 15 districts across the State. Following the incessant rainfall over the past two weeks, the districts along the River Ganges in Bihar from Buxar to Bhagalpur are facing a severe flood situation. In addition, water has also entered the low-lying areas. Post the heavy downpour in the last two weeks, the districts are now facing a severe flood situation.
The water levels of River Ganges at Munger, Bhagalpur, Kahalgaon, Sahibganj, and Farakka are still on the rise and is threatening to further worsen the flood situation. At Buxar, Dighaghat, Gandhighat, and Hathidah the water levels have slowly returned to a stable state and are likely to lower if the downpour stops. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a report stating that the rain and thunderstorms are likely to continue in Bihar this week. It had issued an orange alert for Bihar till Saturday morning. However, thunderstorm and lightning are to continue over Bihar till Wednesday.
(With PTI Inputs)