Heavy rains lash Kolkata, nearby districts, more forecast

Mae Love
October 9, 2017

NSCBIA Director Atul Dikshit told PTI that while some domestic flights from the city to other destinations were cancelled due to the weather, some incoming flights were diverted to different airports after they failed to land here amid gusty winds. Sources said an uprooted tree had blocked the approach road to the airport's terminal building. 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.

At least 95 flights affected.

The situation will change only if the weather conditions improve, he said.

The flights were coming from Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Bengaluru and New Delhi.Sahu said the due to heavy rains, the Kolkata ATC didn't give landing permission."There was zero visibility on the runway forcing the pilots to divert towards the nearest airport", he added.While Indigo flights were coming from Hyderabad, Guwahati and New Delhi, the Air India flight had taken off from Bengaluru , As Reported By TOI. Flight operations hadn't resumed at the time of last updating this report.

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The heavy downpour and windy weather is being attributed to a depression in the Bay of Bengal, due to which air and road traffic has been affected majorly. According to Kolkata airport officials, flights were not able to land or take off since 9 am in the morning. Gradually, rain belt will shift towards Jharkhand and rain intensity will decrease from West Bengal as the well-marked low-pressure area will move in a northwest direction towards Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

"Under the influence of deep depression over Gangetic West Bengal, heavy to very heavy (7-20 cm) rainfall at a few places with isolated extremely heavy (over 20 cm) fall is likely over Gangetic West Bengal during next 48 hours", it said.

While hoisting Local Cautionary Signal Number-3 at Paradip and Gopalpur ports, the weather office said strong surface wind reaching a speed of 45 km to 55 km per hour gusting to 65 km may prevail along and off Odisha Coast.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea during this period.

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