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Heavy downpours likely to continue, say met officials

Kolkata and its suburbs are likely to get sporadic rainfall till Saturday, said the Alipore Meteorological weather experts on Thursday.

For the second consecutive day, the city of joy has been receiving rainfall due to the formation of three cyclone zones that are lying over Assam, Chhattisgarh and Bay of Bengal. "The north Bengal districts are likely to receive moderate to heavy rainfall. The weather will turn bright from Sunday morning," added the weather experts.

The city was inundated following an hour long downpour that started around10.30 am. In total, on Thursday, the city recorded 26.3mm rainfall. Also, the mercury dipped to 20 degrees Celsius.

The rainfall triggered traffic snarls in several parts of the city. Areas including Park Circus, Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Sarat Bose Road, Gariahat Road and Manicktala Main Road and Chittaranjan Avenue witnessed traffic jams. Residents made their way through ankle-deep water in Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Beckbagan Row, AJC Bose Road and few more places. But, in a relief to people, the accumulated water receded within an hour.

According to senior officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, the civic body was prepared to tackle waterlogging. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee had held a meeting to oversee the situation. To clear stagnant water, heavy duty pumps were pressed into service. Also, the civic officials reiterated that if the city recorded more than 100mm rainfall then some of roads might get flooded. In a welcome development, civic authorities seemed to up to the task.

The weather experts said, "Rain during this time of the year is not unusual. Neighbouring districts like North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly have also received heavy downpour. Areas in north Bengal districts like Malda, north and south Dinajpur have witnessed heavy rainfall."
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