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Heavy rainfall lashes city & South Bengal districts, traffic movement hit

Kolkata: Heavy rains lashed several parts of the city and some South Bengal districts on Tuesday afternoon crippling normal life in Kolkata for couple of hours. The traffic movement in the city and its adjoining areas were hit following heavy showers.

Rains that lasted for couple of hours in the afternoon left some parts of the city inundated but the civic officials were prompt enough to

discharge the accumulated water within a short span of time.

The drainage department officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) were on the streets to ensure that people do not face any difficulties. The traffic movement in various parts of the city was comparatively slower due to rains. Water accumulated in some stretches of Central Avenue in North Kolkata and some parts in the Central and South Kolkata as well. The accumulated water was however quickly discharged.

The Dhapa pumping station area in the city received 45.97 mm rainfall till evening, the highest in the city. The Mominpur pumping station received 43.92 mm, Ratan Babu Ghat received 42.92 mm, Chowbagha received 40.89 mm, Palmer Bridge received 40.38 mm, Maniktala received 40 mm, Ultadanga received 38.60 mm and Belgachia received 32 mm.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Tuesday predicted some more rainfall in South Bengal districts in the next 24 hours due a low pressure area that formed over Bay of Bengal. According to the weather office the low pressure turf will further intensify bringing more rainfall in all the South Bengal districts.

There will be heavy shower in the coastal districts of East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas in the next two days. The districts like Jhargram, West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia will also receive moderate to heavy showers accompanied with lightning and thunder storm.

The city and its adjoining districts such as North 24-Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly may receive scattered rainfall due to the impact of the low pressure. The sky in most parts of the city remained cloudy from the morning. It started raining around 10 am and further intensified as the day progressed.

It stopped raining at around 4 pm. There were some spells in the city and other districts in the evening hours. The districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah and Nadia also received heavy showers along with a strong breeze. Fishermen in the coastal districts of the state had already been alerted not to venture into the sea as it may remain turbulent following the formation of the low pressure area.

"It will rain in all the South Bengal districts in the next 24 hours. The rain is likely to subside in North Bengal from Wednesday. The western districts may however receive one or two spells of heavy shower along with lightning and thunder storm," a senior weather official said.

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