WB: Rains lash Kolkata; waterlogging, traffic jams in many areas
Posted on: 02:55 PM IST Aug 21, 2013
Kolkata: Heavy rains on Wednesday disrupted normal life in Kolkata after various parts of the city have been waterlogged following incessant rains. Traffic movement and train services have also been partially hit at the Sealdah station.
"Heavy to very heavy rains will occur at isolated places in Gangetic West Bengal till Thursday noon," regional MeT director GC Debnath said on Wednesday. Though the weather may temporarily improve in the metropolis and adjoining areas tomorrow afternoon, it is likely to continue to remain bad for the next two days in South Bengal, Debnath said.
A well-marked low pressure concentrated into a depression over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal, north Odisha and Jharkhand and lay centred at about 150 kms southeast of Jamshedpur and 150 kms south-southwest of Bankura, according to the MeT department.
The system would move gradually in a west northwestward direction and weaken into a well-marked low pressure area during the next two days. The metropolis experienced 91.6 mm rainfall in the since Tuesday till this noon, MeT sources said.
While several low lying areas in different parts of the city and adjoining areas were inundated, water receded fast in the main thoroughfares, reducing the woes of people going outdoors.
Many schools and colleges remained closed owing to the incessant rains that continued since Tuesday and a good percentage of office-goers also decided to remain indoors. Public vehicles were lesser in number on the streets due to the inclement weather. There was, however, no mishap related to the heavy downpour, city police sources said.