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MeT issues alert for heavy rainfall in coastal districts

Kolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted a heavy rainfall in all the coastal districts of the state in the next 48 hours as the low pressure trough formed over the Bay of Bengal has further intensified on Wednesday.

The MeT office predicted that sea may remain turbulent in the next two days. It had earlier issued an alert to the fishermen urging them not to venture into the sea and those who had already sailed were asked to return to the sea shore.

Responding to the alert, fishing trawlers have already returned to the shore in Digha, Sankarpur, and other coastal areas in East Midnapore district. While, many other fishermen have anchored their trawlers in the Sunderban areas.

According to the weather office prediction, districts such as East Midnapore, parts of South 24-Parganas and North 24-Prganas, Howrah and Hooghly may receive heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday as the low pressure trough gained strength.

"The low pressure trough also made the axis of monsoon active in the region bringing some more rainfall in the costal districts in the next 48 hours.

"The situation may improve after Friday. As there is a possibility of the sea turning turbulent, all the coastal district administrations have been alerted," a weather official said.

Following the weather alert, East Midnapore police have started a campaign in all the beach towns to make people aware about the rough sea.

The police personnel used microphones during their campaign in Digha, Mandarmani, Tajpur and Sankarpur on Wednesday asking tourists not to venture into the sea for bathing.

The policemen are also conducting surveillance in all the beach towns so that nobody takes a bath when the sea is rough.

Incidentally, various South Bengal districts and Kolkata received light to moderate rainfall throughout the day.

City dwellers witnessed one or two spell of heavy showers but it did not last for too long. Districts such as North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah and East Midnapore received moderate rainfall accompanied with strong breeze.

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