Devastating Rain In Sikkim Threatens West Bengal


Kolkata: The MET office in Kolkata in its latest weather update said that North Bengal is flooded due to heavy rain. The rain water is flowing from the mountain shield and staging in the several districts of North Bengal along with Darjeeling. But the intensity of rain has lessened in the last 24 hours.

Heavy rain has been lashing the foothills of the Himalayas due to monsoon axisline and the presence of humidity in North Bay of Bengal. Gradually the monsoon axisline shifted to Himalayan foothills which increased the intensity of rain in North Bengal. The bad weather improved, thereby reducing the intensity of rains too.

There’s no change in Sikkim scenario. The Central weather department, Mousam Bhavan informed that 73.2 millimeter rainfall was recorded in Sikkim in the last 24 hours which is 47.2 percent higher than the normal. This extra amount of rain becomes a threat for the North Bengal districts as the water level is constantly rising in Teesta, Torsa and Raidhak and Mansai rivers. It can flood Mathabhanga, Coochbehar, Mekhliganj, Toofanganj, Manickchakghat, Teljana, any moment.

Amid all these, the MET said that, there are chances of heavy rainfall in the next 72 hours in Sikkim. The state government is on alert and is ready to fight any calamity, if any occurs.

On the other hand, south Bengal and Kolkata will witness light to moderate rain in the next 48 hours. A depression may form over West-Central Bay of Bengal which will be extended till the north of the Bay of Bengal which will cause heavy rainfall in the south Bengal districts.