Depression in Bay of Bengal, more rains to drench Odisha

Well marked low gives heavy rain over Kolkata more showers expected

The IMD in its latest bulletin said that the observations received from Kolkata Doppler weather radar and satellite imageries indicate that the deep depression over Gangetic West Bengal has moved west-northwestwards with a speed of about 12 kmph during the past sic hours.

Though rain and strong winds that lashed the city from Sunday night had eased, the Met department forecast one or two spells of rain in Kolkata and adjoining areas till tommorow.

It has now moved close to Purulia, regional Met director said G K Das said.

The uprooted trees in many areas of northern and southern Kolkata blocked roads, stalling traffic movement.

The weatherman said the depression over Jharkhand and adjoining West Bengal has moved northwards and lies centred 50 km northeast of Dhanbad.

The city was paralysed yesterday following the heavy downpour.

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Wind speed reaching 45 to 55 km/ph and gusting to 65 km/ph would prevail along and off north Odisha and West Bengal coasts in the next 24 hours.

"Under the influence of deep depression over Gangetic West Bengal, heavy to very heavy (7-20cm) rainfall at a few places with isolated extremely heavy (over 20cm) fall is likely over Gangetic West Bengal during next 48 hours", it said.

The heavy rain disrupted normal life in several parts of south Bengal, including Kolkata, where flight and train services and road transportation were affected.

Sea condition would be rough in north Odisha and West Bengal until tomorrow. Services were disrupted at city's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport as arrival of five odd flights and departure of about eight flights was cancelled due the inclement weather.

Twenty-six domestics flights were diverted to Silchar, Ranchi, Agartala, Patna, Bhubaneswar airport. Tree branches fell on Up line between Bhadreswar and Mankundu station on Howrah-Barddhaman Main line section at 3.50 pm, at Boinchigram on Down line at 5.05 pm.

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