Heavy rainfall predicted in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha

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

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

Waterlogging and uprooted trees blocked some thoroughfares of the city, delaying the morning rush hour traffic.

Twenty-six domestics flights were diverted to Silchar, Ranchi, Agartala, Patna, Bhubaneswar airport.

Arrival of as many as 47 flights and departure of about 35 flights was rescheduled and many flights were delayed, an official said.

Meanwhile, ferry services between Kolkata and Howrah have been suspended due to bad weather.

Many schools reopened on Monday after the Durga Puja vacation and students were inconvenienced due to the heavy rain. The Weather Department said the inclement weather was triggered by a deep depression.

The reason for good spells of rains over the area was the existence of deep depression that was persisting over Gangetic West Bengal. The condition of the sea off the coast of Odisha will be rough and fishermen have been advised against venturing into the waters. "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.

Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph would prevail over Gangetic West Bengal and 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph very likely over adjoining areas of Jharkhand during next 12 hours and gradually decrease thereafter.

"Due to heavy rain and strong wind in Panagarh-Asansol-Sitarampur section of Eastern Railway?s Asansol Division, train services in the section were affected today", Eastern Railway spokesman R N Mahapatra said.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over Gangetic West Bengal during next 24 hours.

"All trains of South Eastern Railway are running as per schedule and there is no disruption so far", SER spokesman Sanjoy Ghosh said.

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