September 15, 2021 5:22:51 am
Several low-lying areas and thoroughfares in Kolkata and its outskirts lay inundated on Tuesday following heavy rainfall in south Bengal caused by a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal. The weather is expected to gradually improve from Wednesday as the depression is moving towards central India.
“An intense spell of a thunderstorm with moderate to heavy rainfall to continue in parts of Kolkata/North & South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly districts. The situation may slightly improve by tomorrow second half,” said a weather department official.
Commuters had a harrowing time reaching their destinations as many areas in the metropolis, including Sector Five in Salt Lake, were left waterlogged. There was waterlogging in areas such as BT Road, Central Avenue, College Street, Amherst Street, EM Bypass, and the Haldiram junction on VIP Road too because of continuous rainfall. Due to a lack of proper drainage, several areas were under one to two feet of water by late afternoon. According to the weather department, the capital city received 63.6 mm rainfall in 24 hours.
Fewer buses and auto-rickshaws were seen plying the roads in the morning. A Kolkata Police traffic department official said the downpour led to traffic snarls on the city’s thoroughfares that lasted hours.
The heavy rains also affected flight operations, with a few private airlines advising passengers to start for the airport with time on their hands. “Due to waterlogging on account of heavy rains in Kolkata, traffic congestion is expected. Customers travelling are advised to allow more time for their journey to the airport,” Vistara airlines tweeted.
In the early hours of the day, the weather office had issued an orange warning for the districts of Purba Medinipur, North and South 24 Parganas, and Howrah, predicting heavy to very heavy rain (7-20 cm). A yellow warning was issued for Kolkata, Hooghly, Purba Bardhaman, Birbhum, Nadia, and Murshidabad. These districts were predicted to receive heavy rainfall (7-11 cm).
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