Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Deep depression likely to trigger heavy rainfall in Odisha

Well marked low gives heavy rain over Kolkata more showers expected Low pressure to trigger heavy rains in Odisha in next 24 hours
Lillian Steele | 11 October, 2017, 00:34

Summary: "A depression has formed over gangetic West Bengal and the adjoining northern part of the Bay of Bengal".

Asansol town in West Burdwan district was the most affected today, recording 95.5 mm precipitation in nine hours till 5.30 PM, it said.

"The deep depression is likely to weaken into a depression and then into a well-marked low pressure and continue to move in a west-northwestward direction towards the Jharkhand border", Das said.

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

Departure of flights from Kolkata airport were temporarily suspended due to bad weather.

Thirteen flights were cancelled and 82 were rescheduled, a senior Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said.

Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph and gusting to 65 kmph would prevail along and off the coast.

"Sea condition would be moderate to rough along and off Odisha coast", it said adding that fishermen are advised to be cautious while venturing into the sea along and off Odisha coast.

Rainfall at many places with heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over Chhattisgarh and south Odisha on October 10 and over Bihar on 10th and 11th October.

The rains, which began on Sunday night, continued on Monday, throwing normal life off gear on the first working day of the week. Most schools and colleges in the state reopened on Monday post the Durga Puja break but had to declare a holiday owing to the turbulent weather. Atleast twenty-six flights were diverted, reports said. Another flight from Silchar to Kolkata had to land at Guwahati and a flight from Agartala to Kolkata had to return.

According to railway officials, the suburban and long distance train services of both Eastern and South Eastern Railways were affected slightly in the morning due to the rains.

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