KOLKATA, 6 AUG: The city dwellers woke up to a rainy day today and had to wade through knee-deep water to reach their office, market or college as rains for just couple of hours flooded the streets.
College Street, Amherst Street, Dufferin Road and areas around Akashbani Bhavan were the worst affected due to water logging. The Birpara pumping station recorded rainfall of 92 mm in North Kolkata after it rained for 1 hour 53 minutes. The water receded till the afternoon.
The rains made the mercury, that had been fixed at three to four degrees above normal for a week, to tumble further. The sun had been in its full glory last week with the sudden rise in the temperature and high humidity added to the discomfiture of the city dwellers making them long for rains again.
The month of July had recorded a rainfall deficit of -32 per cent, even though the amount of rainfall received in the state in the month of June and July taken together was +14 per cent in excess. Last year, percentage of rainfall deficit in Gangetic West Bengal during the Monsoons from 1 June to 21 August, was -31 per cent.
Heavy to very heavy rain lashed several districts of Gangetic West Bengal (GWB), including Kolkata, with the cyclonic circulation over the state that lay over the GWB and adjoining areas extending up to 4.5 kilometer above sea level. The areas to receive maximum rainfall were in the district of Birbhum district of Gangetic West Bengal received. The axis of monsoon passed through Eastcentral Bay of Bengal across North West Bay.
Officials of the Alipore Meterological Department have forecasted rainfall in the Gangetic West Bengal, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar districts of Sub Himalayan West Bengal for the next 24 hours.
The temperature remained a maximum of around 31 degree Celsius and a minimum of 26 degree Celsius.