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Kolkata back to normal, deep depression moves westwards

Kolkata back to normal, deep depression moves westwards

Odisha is likely to experience rain in the next 24 hours as the deep depression over Gangetic West Bengal has weakened and moved west-northwestwards and at a place about 350 km north of Paradip today, IMD said.

"We have also chose to set up control rooms in the districts where heavy rainfall has occurred and there is a forecast of more precipitation", he added. The Met department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours. "Due to gusty winds, flight services got disrupted", said Airport Director Atul Dixit. Hence, it is anticipated that the rain intensity is likely to reduce over Gangetic West Bengal including Kolkata.

Heavy to very heavy rain ranged from 7 cm to 20 cm, while extremely heavy rain measured above 20 cm, the MeT department explained. "The system is very likely to move slowly west-northwestwards initially during next 24 hours and move northwards thereafter", a bulletin of the India Meteorological Department said. Kolkata will not witness heavy downpour now but light showers will continue. "Fishermen along Bengal coasts have been asked not to venture into the sea", added the official. Overall, more than 45 flights were affected due to the bad weather. A flight from Port Blair was diverted to Agartala.

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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.

"Due to heavy rain and strong wind in Panagarh-Asansol-Sitarampur section of Eastern Railway?s Asansol Division, train services in the section were affected today", Eastern Railway spokesman R N Mahapatra said.

Arrival of as many as 47 flights and departure of about 35 flights was rescheduled and many flights were delayed, an official said.