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

Rain and thundershower are likely to occur in most parts of north Odisha and in several areas in south Odisha districts in the next 24 hours

Though rain and strong winds that lashed the city from Sunday night had eased, the Met department forecast one or two spells of rain in Kolkata and adjoining areas till tommorow.

"Due to deep depression over Gangetic West Bengal, we are witnessing normal to heavy rains across the state".

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

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its latest bulletin said that the observations received from Kolkata Doppler weather radar and satellite imageries indicate that the deep depression over Gangetic West Bengal has moved west-northwestwards with a speed of about 12 kmph during the past sic hours.

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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 city bore the brunt of the deluge, with a large number of its thoroughfares waterlogged and unending traffic snarls following the formation of a very deep depression over the Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining north Bay of Bengal.

It is likely to move west-northwestwards initially during next 24 hours and move northwards thereafter.

Twenty-six domestics flights were diverted to Silchar, Ranchi, Agartala, Patna, Bhubaneswar airport. The condition of the sea off the coast of Odisha will be rough and fishermen have been advised against venturing into the waters.

Suburban train services in Sealdah south and main line sections and Howrah-Barddhaman chord and main line were affected after trees fell on the railway tracks. About 30 flights set for arrival had to be rescheduled. "Signal failures occurred in Belgharia, Titagarh, Baruipur and Sealdah stations due to which some local trains got delayed", as per a statement issued by the Railways.

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