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14 dead in India as heavy rain hits Kolkata

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A heavy rainfall in Kolkata and adjoining districts on Monday, September 20, has led to waterlogging and traffic snarls in the capital city of West Bengal. An orange alert was issued for the city on Monday in view of the prevailing weather conditions. 142 mm of rain was recorded in Kolkata as of early morning on Monday. 

This is the highest amount of rain recorded on a September day in Kolkata since 2008, the Weather Channel reported. The trains movements are became irregular due to massive rain and just a handful of trains are moving. Traffic was severely disrupted as roads were submerged due to torrential rains. 

Operating pumping stations to remove accumulated water from city roads and all lockgate has been closed. Most of the roads in Kolkata are flooded, causing major problems for buses and other vehicles. People walking in the face of misery. Autos and rickshaws are asking for extra fare to reach the destination – Adjacent to the bypass is Beleghata, most of Salt Lake. Sector Five, College Junction – all areas became flooded. 

Meanwhile, all the members of the Kolkata municipal administration and in-charge of the sewerage department, have been on the road since morning to alleviate the water woes of the city dwellers. 

The Daily Vendor Newspaper learnt that more than 750 pumping stations have been opened in Kolkata, through which the process of draining the accumulated water has started. Besides, the lock gate will be closed till 3 pm.

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Light to moderate rain along with thunderstorms and lightning activity is expected in the entire districts of South Bengal. 

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In few districts, an alert of heavy rainfall has also been issued for 20-21 September,” Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, head of Indian Meteorological Department, Kolkata, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. “Heavy rainfall is expected mainly in Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia, and both 24 Parganas districts today. 

The cyclonic circulation is moving towards west, so situation in Kolkata will improve from tomorrow and the intensity of the rain will start slowing down,” he added. 

According to the IMD, the downpour has been triggered by a cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal.

“Fairly widespread to widespread Rainfall with isolated heavy falls very likely to continue over Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal on 20th & 21st and decrease in rainfall activity thereafter. Isolated very heavy falls is also likely Gangetic West Bengal on 20th September.”

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