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Heavy monsoon rain lashed Kolkata, inundating several areas .


Ankur Bhattacharya
Kolkata, Aug 04 (HS): As heavy to very heavy rain lashed Kolkata and other South Bengal districts for several hours since last night, almost all low lying areas in the city and in neighbouring districts have been inundated causing immense difficulty for the people since this morning. 

Predicting such 'heavy to very heavy rain' in Kolkata and in all South Bengal districts for the next 48 hours, Director of the local Met officer Sanjib Banerjee here today said the rain was caused due to a deep depression in the North East corner of the Bay of Bengal which had been moving towards Bangladesh and North East India. 

As a result of this seasonal depression heavy to very heavy rain would continue in parts of South Bengal intermittently during the next 48 hours before the weather would improve further on Thursday, Banerjee said.

Following heavy rain which began in the city and its neighbourhood after midninhgt last night and continued till this morning, almost all low lying areas have been inundated halting the movement of traffic in those areas and causing immense hardship to many people.

As a result most parts of the city particularly those at Rashbehari Avenue, Southern Avenue, Tollygunge and Kalighat  in South Kolkata and College street,Thanthania, Amherst Street,Dum Dum and Shayambar in the North have gone under anckle to knee deep water. Rain water had also entered into the ground flood houses of several buildings in those areas, informed sources said. 

Expressing regrets for the inconveniences of the people in large parts of the city because of rain water, the Administrator of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and former Mayor of the city Firhad Hakim has ordered running of a number of  high powered pumps to drain out the rain water from all the affected areas at the earliest.

However the problem was likely to persist for some more time because of continuous rain since this morning too, he said and promised  that more pumps would be deployed if required to minimise the people's misery. 

As today  is the last working day before tomorrow's statewide strict shutdown from 6.a.m. the office goers and others faced lots of trouble in absence of fewer public transport on the roads in the middle of continuous rain. 

Till 12 noon the city had experienced over 150 mm of rain and more rain was expected  in the coming hours too,the Met office said.

Hindusthan Samachar