Overnight rain chokes Kolkata

Transport in Kolkata came to a near standstill on Thursday after bouts of heavy showers overnight led to waterlogging in several parts of the city. There were severe signalling disruptions in the metro service as well. The India Meteorological Department website on Thursday showed a record of 26.6 mm of rainfall as opposed to a normal rainfall of 9.9 mm around the time in Gangetic West Bengal, with Kolkata experiencing 36.6 mm rainfall while normal rainfall is in the region of 8.7 mm.

Consistent rainfall

While places such as Siliguri, Darjeeling, Bankura, Birbhum, Purulia and Hoogly are experiencing consistent rainfall with minor waterlogging, it was acute in Howrah and North 24 Parganas.

Within Kolkata, commuters had a harrowing time in the heavy-traffic regions of Eastern-Metropolitan Bypass and the Taratala-Majerhat stretch of Diamond-Harbour Road, as well as in Salt Lake Sector V, Rajarhat New Town, Dum Dum Park, Park Street, Rajabazar and Amherst Street. The continuous rain that caused waterlogging inconvenienced office-goers and students with traffic snarls delaying their movement.

A few city schools declared a holiday because of heavy rainfall and irregular transport services.

“Most districts of West Bengal will receive light to moderate rainfall in the next 72 hours. Coastal districts, including Kolkata, shall witness heavy rainfall at isolated places. We urge all those who intend to travel to take adequate measures before stepping out,” a Regional Meteorological Centre officer told
The Hindu
.

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