Heavy rains likely to lash North Bengal today

first_imgKolkata: There will be heavy to very heavy rainfall in North Bengal in the next 24 hours, predicts the Regional Meteorological Office in Alipore. The weather office predicted that there may be heavy to very heavy rainfall in Alipurduar, Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri, while there may be moderate to heavy rainfall in Darjeeling and Kurseong.The state Irrigation and waterways department has alerted the district magistrates and superintendents of the police and asked them to take all precautionary measures in view of the rainfall alert. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe department has asked the DMs and SPs to get in touch with the control rooms set up by the Irrigation and waterways department and Nabanna.The people living in the low lying area will be evacuated. The water, which was flowing above the danger mark , has started receding and if it does not rain heavily, then locals will not be evacuated. The district administration in North Bengal has been asked to keep the disaster management teams ready. Meanwhile, many important roads in North Bengal including the state highways are under water due to torrential rain. The engineers of Irrigation and Waterways department are examining the embankments and emergency repair work are being carried out.Alipore weather office said that although it will rain in south Bengal, there will not be any relief from the discomfort factor. It rained in Kolkata in the afternoon. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) held a high-level meeting attended by the senior officials to control waterlogging in some pocketsin Kolkata. Chief Minister Mamata banerjee had expressed her displeasure over the KMC’s failure to clear accumulated water from some streets in Behala on Sunday. She had telephoned mayor Sovan Chatterjee and asked him to take action. The agencies looking after the maintenance of the pumps have been asked to speed up work and install them at the earliest.last_img

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