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Heavy rains wreak havoc in Kolkata

Speedboats were out in parts of Kolkata on Wednesday to ferry stranded people as torrential rains continued for the fourth successive day, inundating a number of areas. However, the Mayor of Kolkata, Sovon Chatterjee assured Millennium Post that civic life would be normal by Thursday.

Over 30 speedboats were pressed into service in the city and East Midnapore, Malda and Jalpaiguri districts. Disaster management minister Javed Ahmed Khan said the situation was under control with water starting to recede.

‘There is no cause for worry. Speedboats have been deployed in districts and in the city to ferry passengers. The water has already started receding,’ Khan told reporters.

In Kolkata, the boats were plying since morning in Mukundapur in the southern outskirts of the city where the water rose to the waist-level. Apart from Mukundapur, J B S  Haldane Avenue, C I T Road, Khidderpore in south Kolkata and Mahatma Gandhi Road in central Kolkata were water-logged following heavy rains.

Major thoroughfares were inundated, trees uprooted and many educational institutions remained shut as torrential rains have been lashing Kolkata since Sunday, throwing normal life off-gear. Total rain recorded over a 24-hour period since Tuesday noon was 70 mm, said a Met official.

‘The inclement weather was caused by a low pressure zone centred about 100 km from Bankura town (the headquarters of Bankura district),’ said a spokesman of Regional Meteorological Office, Alipore.

All districts in south West Bengal received heavy rains. The Met office has forecast more rains in the next 24 hours.

‘Thundershowers may occur across districts like South and 24 North Parganas,’ said a a Met official.
Nandini Guha

Nandini Guha

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