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Landslides in Darjeeling-Kalimpong feared amid heavy rains in Bengal | Latest News India

Canning in South 24 Parganas obtained round 102mm rain and Haldia in East Midnapore obtained 91mm rain since yesterday. The western components of the state equivalent to Purulia additionally obtained 82mm rain

Heavy rains continued to lash south Bengal together with the hilly areas of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts in north Bengal which obtained spells of very heavy rain over the previous 24 hours. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange class alert for these north Bengal areas until Wednesday, advising authorities to be careful for potential landslides.

Over the previous 24 hours Darjeeling and Kalimpong obtained 166mm and 136mm rain, categorised as very heavy .

“The rain is being triggered by a low pressure area that formed over West Bengal and adjoining north Odisha. Strong south-easterly winds are gushing in. There is a forecast of enhanced rainfall activity till Wednesday across West Bengal,” mentioned an IMD official in Kolkata.

Kolkata and the coastal districts, too, obtained steady rain since yesterday. While Kolkata obtained 37mm rain in the final 24 hours, thought-about reasonable, climate stations positioned in the coastal districts recorded heavy rain.

Canning in South 24 Parganas obtained round 102mm rain and Haldia in East Midnapore obtained 91mm rain since yesterday. The western components of the state equivalent to Purulia additionally obtained 82mm rain.

West Bengal was hit by floods because of extraordinarily heavy rains in September finish and the following launch of extra water from dams in Jharkhand . In July-end, the state had been hit by one other flood.

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Fishermen have been suggested to not enterprise into the ocean until Tuesday as sea situation might change into tough because of squalls. Thunderstorm with lightning, accompanied by gusty winds dashing as much as 50 km per hour, might hit the costal districts in south Bengal, the climate division had mentioned.

“We have already faced two floods this monsoon season. In some areas the water level is yet to recede. Now we are faced with another wet spell. This could damage the standing crops. We are keeping a close watch. If necessary, people will be evacuated,” mentioned a senior official of the state’s catastrophe administration division.

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