W Bengal, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand likely to experience heavy rainfall

W Bengal, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand likely to experience heavy rainfall

Hence, it is anticipated that the rain intensity is likely to reduce over Gangetic West Bengal including Kolkata.

Under the influence of an upper air cyclonic circulation, a low pressure area has been formed over north Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Bangladesh today, the press release of the Regional Meteorological Centre said. The Met department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours. The city recorded 18.4 mm rainfall on Monday.

The West Bengal government has set up a control room here to monitor the situation and provide assistance in case of any exigency, state irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee said.

Heavy rain accompanied by wind battered southern districts of West Bengal as the Metrological department forecast more downpour and high wind till Tuesday. I have already spoken to district officials.

Asansol, Raniganj and Durgapur experienced heavy rain and squally winds, which have led to many trees being uprooted and waterlogging at some places.

Wind speed reaching 45 to 55 km/ph and gusting to 65 km/ph would prevail along and off north Odisha and West Bengal coasts in the next 24 hours.

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Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea till Wednesday morning, the Met department said. This was followed by heavy rain and thunderstorms. There were 10-12 inhabitants in the house, who were safely evacuated.

The inclement weather also disrupted flight and train services.

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

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

As per PTI, Delhi-Kolkata and Delhi-Mumbai flights were diverted to Delhi and Ranchi, respectively. Atleast twenty-six flights were diverted, reports said. Another flight from Silchar to Kolkata had to land at Guwahati and a flight from Agartala to Kolkata had to return, an AI spokesperson said.

According to railway officials, the suburban and long distance train services of both Eastern and South Eastern Railways were affected slightly in the morning due to the rains.

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