Effect of Jharkhand monsoon’s indifference visible, water level of Rukka, Hatia and Kanke dam decreased

Satish Kumar, Ranchi:

This year, the indifference of monsoon has affected all the three dams of the capital Ranchi. The water level in all the three dams is four to six feet less as compared to last year. If this condition of rain continues, then in the coming time, about five lakh population of the city may have to face drinking water crisis. This year, the actual rainfall in Ranchi has been 457 mm, while the normal rainfall here should have been 729.6 mm.

According to this, Ranchi has so far received 37 percent less rain than normal. At present, there is about 16 feet less water than the capacity in Rukka Dam, 13 feet in Hatia and 12 feet in Kanke Dam. On August 19, 2023, the water level of Rukka Dam was 20.8 feet, while last year the water level of the dam was 25.6 feet on this date. That is, compared to last year, about five feet less water has accumulated in the dam this year.

Similarly, the water level of Rukka Kanke Dam is 16.1 feet, while last year the water level of the dam was 22.4 feet on this date. There is about six feet less water in Kanke Dam as compared to last year. The condition of Hatia Dam is also similar. Presently the water level of Hatia Dam is 26.2 feet, whereas last year the water level of the dam was 30.5 feet. Last year, during the monsoon, Ranchi received 539.2 mm of rainfall on August 20.

Whereas by this date the normal rainfall should be 707 mm. There was 24% less rainfall till this date. This year there has been about 13% less rain than last year. Last year, after the rains in the last week of August, the water level of Rukka and Kanke Dam had overflowed. Every gate of both the dams had to be opened.

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