Cloud cover moves North, expect some relief in Kolkata
Met officials said with the low-pressure moving away from the city, the intensity of the rain will come down.kolkata Updated: Sep 07, 2016 11:09 IST
KOLKATA: The worst is over. The low pressure that triggered heavy rains in Kolkata since Monday afternoon moved away towards north on Tuesday. Met officials hope that the city would see sunshine on Wednesday.
“The low pressure that came from the Bay of Bengal and stood over Kolkata and South 24-Parganas on Monday has moved further north. On Tuesday afternoon, it was hovering over North 24-Parganas and the Indo-Bangladesh border. It’s likely to move towards Nadia, Murshidabad and Birbhum on Wednesday,” a senior official of the Indian Meteorological Department’s regional office in Kolkata said.
Met officials said with the low-pressure moving away from the city, the intensity of the rain will come down in the city. However, the districts over which the low pressure passes on Wednesday would receive heavy to very heavy rains.
“There are chances of light to moderate rain in Kolkata and adjoining areas over the next 24 hours. The districts of North 24-Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad and Birbhum could receive heavy to very heavy rains,” the official said.
While the Met office in Alipore recorded around 132 mm of rain in the last 24 hours, the pumping stations of Maniktala, Palmer Bridge, Dhapa Lock Gate and Ballygunge received between 140 – 180 mm of rain.
While the rains played truant in the city since Monday afternoon, a high-tide in the Hooghly at the same time worsened the condition. The lock-gates couldn’t be opened to allow the rainwater to drain out into the river as it would have allowed the river water to gush into the city.
“Although Kolkata won’t see another deluge in the next few days, rains are likely to continue. Monday’s low pressure has activated the monsoon trough again after a short spell of lull. Because of this, the city and its adjoining area would continue to receive some rain over the next few days,” he added.
The last time the city received such heavy rains was in mid-August when a sudden storm with wind speed reaching up to 70 km an hour ravaged several parts of the city.