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Long distance trains cancelled due to floods in North Bengal

Kolkata: With the flood situation remaining gloomy in the North Bengal districts and due to inundation of railway tracks, various long distance trains have been cancelled on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while leaving Nabanna said that some roads in North Bengal have been made operational. She said that fares cannot be increased at the time of distress. She also mentioned that the Chief Secretary has taken up the issue with the Centre.
It may be mentioned that the Chief Secretary has written to the Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation urging to send advisories to the different airline operators for the increase in the number of flights between Kolkata and Bagdogra, for a fortnight now and for keeping their fare levels at normal.
It has been alleged that as the road and rail connectivity between North and South Bengal has been disrupted, most of the airline operators have been making use of the opportunity to impose abruptly high fares on passengers and this is causing inconveniences to the people.
According to a statement issued by the Railways, the long distance trains that have been cancelled are 13145 Up Kolkata-Radhikapur Express, 13147 Up Sealdah-New Cooch Behar Uttarbanga Express, 13149 Up Sealdah-Alipurduar Kanchankanya Express, 13163 Up Sealdah – Saharsa Hatey Bazare Express, 12517 Up Kolkata-Guwahati Garib Rath Express, 12343 Up Sealdah-New Jalpaiguri Darjeeling Mail and 12377 Up Sealdah-New Alipurduar Padatik Express.
13162 Balurghat –Kolkata Express, scheduled to leave Balurghat station on August 18 will short-originate at Malda station, cancelling the journey between Balurghat and Malda.
As per the prediction of the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, some of the districts in South Bengal may receive heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours. There is, however, no prediction of heavy rain in the city. According to a senior official of the Alipore MeT office, there is a forecast of light to moderate rain in some parts of the city.
Both the monsoon troughs formed over the Himalayan foothills and over South Bengal are active in bringing more rainfall in various parts of the state. According to the prediction, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, East and West Midnapore may receive heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours while some other South Bengal districts may witness moderate rainfall.
According to the official of the MeT department, it may rain in North Bengal districts in the next 24 hours.
"There is an alert of more rainfall in all the districts of North Bengal. As thunderclouds have formed over the sky in various parts of the state, there is always a possibility of rainfall in the districts. There is, however, no prediction of heavy rainfall as yet in North Bengal," the official said.
According to the weather office prediction, all the eight districts of North Bengal may witness rainfall in the next few days.
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