Heavy rain, gusty wind disrupt life

Dark clouds cover the skyline of Bhubaneswar on Sunday | biswanath swain

The heavy rainfall has been predicted due to a depression formed over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining north Bay of Bengal.

With the depression moving to the western districts heavy rain lashed them since early this morning.

It has now moved close to Purulia, regional Met director said G K Das said.

Waterlogging and uprooted trees blocked some thoroughfares of the city, affecting the movement of vehicles.

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Heavy to very heavy rain ranged from 7 cm to 20 cm, while extremely heavy rain measured above 20 cm, the MeT department explained.

Strong gusty surface winds from northeasterly direction in north coastal Odisha and winds from westerly direction in south coastal Odisha with speeds of 40-55 kmph are likely to prevail along and off the Odisha Coast.

Squally wind speed reaching upto 3040 kmph and gusting to 50 km per hour is very likely to prevail over northern parts of Gangetic West Bengal, eastern and central Bihar, northeastern parts of Jharkhand and subHimalayan West Bengal till late in the evening and decrease thereafter, he added. Overall, more than 45 flights were affected due to the bad weather. Services were disrupted at city's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport as arrival of five odd flights and departure of about eight flights was cancelled due the inclement weather.

While the Delhi-Kolkata and Delhi-Mumbai flights were diverted to Delhi and Ranchi respectively, a flight from Port Blair was diverted to Agartala. "Along with local and traffic police, six Kolkata Police's disaster management teams are working in tandem to meet the crisis", said a senior police officer. Tree branches fell on Up line between Bhadreswar and Mankundu station on Howrah-Barddhaman Main line section at 3.50 pm, at Boinchigram on Down line at 5.05 pm.

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