Heavy downpour cripples life in Kolkata, state toll up to 85

The civic administration officials said water was taking time to recede because of the high tide at River Hooghly during the rains.

Kolkata | Published:August 6, 2015 1:12 am
kolkata rains, west bengal rains, bengal monsoon, bengal floods, bengal heavy rains, bengal flood death toll, bengal flood relief operations, kolkata news, city news, West Bengal news, india news “There was a localised thundershower in Kolkata, which was not an effect of depression. There can be more such spells in the next 24 hours in different pockets of south Bengal,” said a senior Met Department official. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

Even as the flood situation in most of the affected districts of West Bengal showed improvement, the capital was lashed by heavy showers lasting for a little over an hour on Wednesday, which inundated many parts of north and central Kolkata.

Met Departments officials said 90 mm of rain was recorded in Kolkata, while other parts of the state experienced little or no rainfall since Tuesday.

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“There was a localised thundershower in Kolkata, which was not an effect of depression. There can be more such spells in the next 24 hours in different pockets of south Bengal,” said a senior Met Department official.

Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 85 with two more deaths reported on Wednesday, Disaster Management Department sources said.

The rainfall in Kolkata affected traffic movement causing heavy traffic jams. Pedestrians were seen wading through water-logged roads. Even the premises of the Assembly, Writers’ Buildings and Kolkata Police headquarters at Lalbazar, were submerged in ankle-deep water.

The civic administration officials said water was taking time to recede because of the high tide at River Hooghly during the rains.

The city is still recovering from last week’s downpour of upto 133.6 mm rain due to depression by cyclone Komen which caused massive waterlogging.

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