Heavy rains lash Kolkata, nearby districts, more forecast

Depression in Bay of Bengal

With the depression moving to the western districts heavy rain lashed them since early this morning. The rains, which began on Sunday night, continued on Monday, hampering functioning of offices and business establishments on the first working day of the week.

As per police sources, a portion of a wall of an old, dilapidated building in ward number 74 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation in Alipore police station area collapsed due to heavy rain.

The rain and wind uprooted trees in many areas of northern and southern parts of the city. A flight from Port Blair was diverted to Agartala.

At least 95 flights from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBIA) were either cancelled or rescheduled.

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All disruption happened due to cross winds. Ferry services on river Hooghly had to be stopped due to the rise in the water level following the rains. Most schools and colleges in the state reopened on Monday post the Durga Puja break but had to declare a holiday owing to the turbulent weather.

The weatherman said the depression over Jharkhand and adjoining West Bengal has moved northwards and lies centred 50 km northeast of Dhanbad.

Heavy to very heavy downpour is likely to occur at several places in Odisha in the next two days under the influence of a deep depression over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Bay of Bengal, according to a bulletin issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday.

Under the impact of the system there would be strong gusty surface wind from southwesterly direction with speed reaching 35-45 KMPH gusting to 55 KMPH along and off Odisha coast.

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Under its impact heavy rain may occur at one or two places in some districts of North Odisha including Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj, besides, other parts of the state to witness rain fall till Tuesday.

"Sea condition would be moderate to rough along and off Odisha coast", it said adding that fishermen are advised to be cautious while venturing into the sea along and off Odisha coast.

"All trains of the South Eastern Railway (SER) are running as per schedule and there is no disruption so far", SER spokesman Sanjoy Ghosh said.

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