Odisha braces for heavy rain


Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rain in Odisha today, under influence of a low pressure over North Bay of Bengal.

Heavy rain accompanied by wind battered southern districts of West Bengal as the Metrological department forecast more downpour and high wind till Tuesday.

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

Heavy rain is expected to pound north and south Odisha districts as the depression that has formed over the Gangetic West Bengal and the adjoining North Bay of Bengal has intensified into deep depression.

Municipal workers fix a manhole during heavy rainfall in the city on Monday.

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Strong wind speed reaching 30 to 40 km per hour gusting to 50 km per hour would prevail over the interior parts of Gangetic West Bengal. Overall, more than 45 flights were affected due to the bad weather. As per officials, at least five flights slated for arrival at Kolkata airport and eight scheduled for departure had to be cancelled.

"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. Another flight from Silchar to Kolkata had to land at Guwahati and a flight from Agartala to Kolkata had to return, an AI spokesperson said.

Landing of 47 in-bound flights and departure of about 35 flights was rescheduled and many flights were delayed, an official said.

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. "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.