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Heavy rain, winds throw life out of gear in Kolkata

Heavy rain, winds throw life out of gear in Kolkata

The Met department said the deep depression over Gangetic West Bengal is likely to move slowly towards west-northwestwards in the next 24 hours and then move northwards.

Heavy rainfall has also been predicted at isolated places likely over Sikkim during the same period.

In the same span of time, Midnapore, Digha and Bahrampore witnessed light rains.

Plane departures at Kolkata airport were suspended for sometime due to strong winds.

Heavy rain accompanied by wind battered southern districts of West Bengal as the Metrological department forecast more downpour and high wind till Tuesday.

A rickshaw puller wades through a flooded road in Kolkata on Monday. However, Bankura, Purulia, Burdman, and Birbhum are expected to receive moderate to heavy rain today as these cities are in proximity to the weather system.

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Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places in Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Keonjhar and Maurbhanj districts, while Sundergarh, Sonepur, Deogarh, Boudh, Jharsuguda, Angul, Dhenkanal and Sambalpur may experience heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours, it said.

Strong wind speed reaching 30 to 40 km per hour gusting to 50 km per hour would prevail over the interior parts of Gangetic West Bengal. The condition of the sea off the coast of Odisha will be rough and fishermen have been advised against venturing into the waters.

Departure of flights from Kolkata airport were temporarily suspended due to bad weather.

Eight AI flights scheduled to depart from Kolkata and five slated for arrival had been cancelled till 3.30 pm, the senior official said. Another flight from Silchar to Kolkata had to land at Guwahati and a flight from Agartala to Kolkata had to return.

A few local trains were slightly delayed due to the rain.