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Moderate to heavy rainfall inundates various parts of city

Kolkata: A moderate to heavy rainfall lashed the city and various South Bengal districts on Thursday morning resulting in inundation in some parts of the city.

The drainage department officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) acted promptly to discharge the accumulated water in various places. Water logging occurred in some stretches of North Kolkata leading to a slow movement of traffic in the morning. Many of the office goers, who stepped out of their houses without an umbrella, had to get drenched in the rain.

Police and the KMC officials were out there on the city's streets from the early morning to manage the water-logging situation.

The KMC engineers acted on a war footing to release the accumulated water within minimum possible time so that the people do not face any inconveniences. Senior police officers were on the streets particularly in the important intersections managing the traffic. There were some traffic snarls in some parts of the city during the morning hours due to rain. The situation was brought to normal as the day progressed.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on

Thursday predicted that rainfall will continue in various South 24-Parganas districts, including the city in the next 48 hours. The intensity of the rainfall

will however be reduced as the low pressure trough formed over Bay of Bengal moved towards Jharkhand.

The low pressure trough will have a forward march towards the Western part of the country.

"Though the low pressure trough moved towards western parts, the Monsoon has become active in the state which will bring some more rainfall in the state in the next two days. Various South Bengal districts particularly the costal districts may receive moderate to heavy rainfall. The city may also witness scattered rainfall," a senior weather official said.

In the past 24 hour the city received considerable amount of rainfall. Behala area received highest amount of rainfall of 85 mm in the city in the past 24 hours.

The other pumping station areas like Joka received 76 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours, Mominpur 74 mm, Dum Dum 53 mm, Patuli 51 mm, Dhapa 49 mm, New Market 48 mm. Santoshpur area in the Southern fringes of the city received 46 mm rainfall while Cossipore in the North recorded 45 mm. Ultadanga area received 25 mm of rainfall since Thursday morning. Manicktala recorded 31 mm of rainfall, Thanthania 32 mm and Ballygunj 33 mm rainfall till Thursday afternoon.

East Midnapore district administration conducted surveillance in all the beach towns including Digha, Sankarpur, Mandarmani on Thursday to ensure that visitors do not go to the sea when it is turbulent.

The MeT officer earlier predicted that the sea will be rough due to which fishermen were also asked to return to the sea shore.

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