Severe Rain-Storm Cripples City, 3 Killed

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Update: Several flights to Dum Dum airport have been diverted owing to the bad weather. As per reports, 1 spice jet, i Indigo and an Air India flight have been diverted to Bhubaneswar airport. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the City’s Mayor to organize a quick relief operation. The Mayor of Kolkata,  Sovan Chatterjee, too had a close shave as a tree fell just a few feet away from his car.

A pedestrian has been crushed under an uprooted tree at Beliaghata while two died at Jadavpur 8B bus stand. The metro services were also disrupted for 3 hours as trees fell on the track.

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Kolkata: With chocked traffic, severed overhead train wires and waterlogged streets, Kolkata came to a standstill as severe rain coupled with thunderstorm lashes the city and adjoining areas on Tuesday evening. At least 2 person have been killed in Jadavpur and Beliaghata respectively and 7 others were injured in the storm.

As streets get water logged massive traffic jam have been reported in Strand Road, Sarat Bose Road, AJC Bose Road. The CR Avenue and Thanthania too has been flooded. Local Train services (EMU) in the Sealdah south section have also been disrupted as an overhead wire snapped.

The Maa Flyover has been closed due to excessive rains. Severe traffic snarl has been reported from Park Circus area. The traffic from EM Bypass towards Park Circus has been stopped. Several tress have been reportedly uprooted in Salt Lake, Sealdah area owing to the storm.

In Howrah, traffic has came to a standstill as heavy rains lashes.

The MeT department today forecast heavy rain in most districts of south Bengal, including the metropolis, till tomorrow as the result of a deep depression near the coastal town of Digha in the southern tip of West Bengal. “A deep depression near Digha will cause heavy rain in most south Bengal districts, including Kolkata,” regional MeT Director G C Debnath said.

 “The deep depression will cause heavy to very heavy rain in the next two days in Odisha and Jharkhand as well,” Debnath said. While many districts in south Bengal experienced moderate rain and gusty wind since morning owing to the deep depression, Digha recorded the highest rainfall at 38.6 mm. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea owing to rough conditions.

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