Depression moves towards J'khand, respite for city
Kolkata: The regional MeT office in Alipore predicted that the city's sky will mostly remain clear in the next 24 hours as the deep depression formed over Gangetic West Bengal has begun to move towards Jharkhand.
The situation may not improve in various South Bengal districts as the weather office has predicted some more rain in those places. According to a senior official of the Alipore weather office, districts like Bankura, Birbhum, Purulia, West Midnapore, West Burdwan may receive moderate to heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours coupled with a wind of around 60-70 kmph. Some parts of the city remained cloudy on Tuesday but no major rainfall was reported till evening.
Several parts of Birbhum, Asansol, West Midnapore remained under water till Tuesday afternoon causing serious inconvenience to people. The district administrations took all possible measures to bring the situation under control. Power cuts were reported from various districts on Tuesday morning. People were stuck on Garai Road in Asansol where a number of trees fell on the road. There was incessant rain leaving many places inundated.
Burdwan Medical College and adjacent areas remained under water. The residential students of the Burdwan University were seriously affected as the ground floor of their hostel went under water. There was a long power cut reported from Tarabag area of Burdwan as trees fell on the over head wire. A tree fell at Durgapur City Centre area disrupting traffic movement. Several parts of Durgapur, particularly Wards 19, 20, 28 remained under water. The situation remained same in Bankura. Two women were killed in Birbhum's Sainthia after being electrocuted.
The condition of the city has, however, improved as there was no rainfall on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in the city, the CESC has taken up all measures and repaired faults that were caused due to Monday's heavy rains accompanied by swirling winds blowing at 50-60 km per hour. CESC also set up a special cell on Monday to combat the situation.
Avijit Ghosh, Vice-President, CESC Distribution Services, said on Tuesday morning that some of the areas marginally affected were Bally, Serampore, Parnasree and Haridevpur, largely due to falling of trees on overhead lines. CESC response to repair calls began immediately and they worked throughout the night to restore the faults.
CESC's own Disaster Management System was in place and worked day and night in close co-ordination with all allied agencies like KMC, HMC, other Municipalities and the police. Following heavy rains, there was a noticeable fall in maximum demand, which came down to 1416 MW around 6 pm on Monday. This is around 300 MW below the average demand. While more than 6,000 CESC employees are on alert, the special CESC Disaster Management Cell will be keeping a watch till normalcy returns. It may be mentioned that train services in Panagarh-Asansol-Sitarampur Section of Eastern Railway's Asansol Division were affected since Monday night due to bad weather. Maintenance crews and tower van crews acted on a war footing to remove tree branches from railway tracks and remove logged water to maintain train movement.
Water logging appeared at several places like Mankar, Raniganj, Kajoragram, Barakar, Sitarampur, Mugma, Barabani, Asansol Shed and Andal Yard. Overhead power trouble also appeared at Asansol Shed area following heavy rain and storm. Tree branches had fallen on railway tracks between Andal Jn. Cabin and Sonachara on Andal-Sitarampur section at around 4 am resulting in parting of overhead wire of East Line. The section was cleared at 11.20 am on Tuesday.
Heavy rain also caused subsidence of Down track between Kulti and Sitarampur stations at about 11:43 am on Tuesday. The track was made fit for train movements at 1.25 pm.
As a result of this 13512/13511 Asansol-Tata Express, 73539/73540 Andal-Jasidih Passenger, 73581/73582 Jasidih-Banka Passenger had to be cancelled and some Mail/Express trains were delayed enroute.