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Heavy rains disrupt normal life in Kolkata

Heavy monsoon showers lashed the metropolis and its suburbs throughout the day waterlogging many parts of the metropolis and hampering normal life as the weatherman forecast more rains in most parts of West Bengal.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2003 11:30 IST

Heavy monsoon showers lashed the metropolis and its suburbs throughout the day waterlogging many parts of the metropolis and hampering normal life as the weatherman forecast more rains in most parts of West Bengal.

Knee-deep water accumulated in the Kolutola, Thanthania, Southern Avenue and Amherst Street areas of the city bringing traffic to a crawl.

A portion of a two-storey building in the east Kolkata area of Narkeldanga collapsed trapping a 67-year-old old woman, who was later rescued, fire brigade sources said.

Distress calls of electric short circuit and uprooted trees kept pouring from many areas throughout the day, the sources said.

Train services in some sections of the Howrah division of Eastern Railway were disrupted due to flooding of the tracks.

Incessant rains caused track circuit failure leading to non-functioning of signals in Howrah area controlled by the route relay interlocking system. The ER engineering and signalling departments were working to solve the problem.

As a result, 10 EMU locals were cancelled, ER sources said.

Trams were also pulled off the roads in many routes.

The regional met department recorded 116.8 mm rains in the last 24 hours as the mercury slid to a pleasant 30.8 degrees celcius, three degrees below normal.

The weatherman forecast intermittent rains and thundershowers with one or two heavy showers in most parts of the state.