Weather improves in Kolkata, heavy rain in western districts

Depression in Bay of Bengal

Low pressure to trigger heavy rains in Odisha in next 24 hours

As West Bengal battles heavy rainfall amid a deep depression, the IMD has issued severe weather alert for neighboring states including Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand.

Kolkata: Normal life was thrown out of gear on Monday as heavy rain and gusty winds lashed large parts of south Bengal due to the formation of a deep depression, which the weatherman warned might lead to more intense rain in the next two days.

Squally wind, reaching a speed of up to 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph, is very likely to prevail over Gangetic West Bengal and 3040 kmph gusting to 50 kmph is likely over adjoining areas of Jharkhand till this evening and gradually decrease thereafter, the Met department said in its forecast.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over Gangetic West Bengal during next 24 hours. "Fishermen along Bengal coasts have been asked not to venture into the sea", added the official.

A portion of glass wall of an aero bridge collapsed at Kolkata airport due to heavy winds. There were 10-12 inhabitants in the house, who were safely evacuated. Strong winds and lightning strike also affected West Bengal including Kolkata.

Flight, train and road transportation systems in the city were affected due to the heavy downpour. Atleast twenty-six flights were diverted, reports said.

Landing of 47 in-bound flights and departure of about 35 flights was rescheduled and many flights were delayed, an official said. Another flight from Silchar to Kolkata had to land at Guwahati and a flight from Agartala to Kolkata had to return.

"Track maintenance crew and Tower Van crew worked relentlessly to remove the branches of the trees from the tracks and pumped out water to resume movement of trains".

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