Heavy Rain Lashes Manipur, West Bengal and Odisha


New Delhi: Heavy downpour coupled with cyclonic storm Komen wrecked hvoc in Bangladesh and eastern and north eastern states of India. West Bengal, Manipur and Odisha are the worst hit states.

With large scale devastation across Bengal, the flood situation in Southern parts seemed to be the grimmest. More than 1 lakh people are seeking shelter in relief camps. Bengal has so far suffered the loss of 48 lives. The weather department has warned of heavy to very heavy rains in the next 48 hours.

Endless rains have thrown life out of gear in Manipur. Normal life in the state has been affected by the incessant rains – 21 were killed after the heavy downpour triggered a landslide in Manipur's Khenjoy.

20 villagers were swept away by landslide in Joumol village in Manipur.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall accompanied by gusty surface winds is likely to pound several places in south and north Odisha in the next 24 hours under the influence of a depression.

The depression over Bangladesh, which moved west-northwest and lay centered over the Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh today, would trigger rain and thundershower in most places in northern part of the state and many places in southern part too, MeT office said.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall in a few places in northern part and heavy rainfall would occur in one or two places in southern part of the state in the next 24 hours, it said.

Gusty surface winds with 45 to 55 kmph speed and gusting up to 65 kmph would hit the state coast. Sea condition would be rough to very rough. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea, it said.