May 25, 2009 11:59:36 am
TWO persons were killed in Kolkata in the aftermath of Cyclone Aila as the storm,accompanied by heavy showers,raged through the city for over two hours. Cyclone Aila hit the costal areas of West Bengal and the city of Kolkata at about noon on Monday.
The Kolkata police which issued a storm warning asked school authorities to declare a holiday and ensure that the children got back to their homes as early as possible. It also appealed to private vehicle owners to get back to the safety of their homes.
Several thousand people left their homes in the coastal belt,particularly in areas like Sunderbans,Digha and Sagar Islands. Reports were pouring in about embankments having been breached by high tidal waves frm the Bay of Bengal in the Sunderbans and Digha areas with many people having been evacuated to safer zones.
Kolkata presented the spectacle of uprooted trees blocking roads,sign boards,traffic dividers and tree branches flying all around. The Metro Railway has ceased to operate as the two terminal stations at Tollygune in South and Dum Dum in North were inundadated and the tracks were under water. Suburban train services in Sealdah and Howrah have also been suspended for an indefinite period with rain water submerging the track in many places.
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