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Updated on: Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10:01 PM IST

West Bengal: Deep depression over Bay of Bengal likely to convert into Cyclone 'Gulab'; heavy rains predicted in Kolkata

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Kolkata: The Met department predicts moderate to heavy rainfall in parts of South Bengal as the deep depression over Bay of Bengal would likely to convert into Cyclone 'Gulab'.

According to IMD, Cyclone Gulab is likely to cross north Andhra Pradesh and its adjacent south Odisha in the wee hours of Sunday triggering heavy to very heavy rainfall in the coastal areas of West Bengal.

“Though this cyclone will not affect Kolkata and its adjoining areas much but another lower pressure over Gangetic Bay of Bengal which is likely to intensify into a depression by Monday will bring heavy to very heavy rainfall in Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly and the two Parganas,” said Sanjib Bandhopadhyay, joint director IMD.

Regional Meteorological Department (RMD) director Ganesh Kumar Das said that Cyclone Gulab clubbed with another depression will trigger heavy to very heavy rainfall in Kolkata and its adjoining areas from September 27-29.

“The deep depression over northwest and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal moved nearly westwards. Another Cyclonic Circulation is likely to emerge over Northeast and adjoining East Central Bay of Bengal will not only trigger heavy rainfall but the wind speed can also increase upto 50kmph,” said Das.

Notably, last week due to low pressure several parts of the city remained inundated and several deaths also happened after people got electrocuted on waterlogged streets due to open wire.

Meanwhile, a central team held a meeting with West Bengal Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi to review the flood prone areas and present flood like situation in West Bengal.

According to West Bengal state secretariat Nabanna sources 15 NDRF teams are being sent to the coastal areas and four teams are kept in Kolkata to tackle the untoward situations. Fishermen are restricted from venturing into the sea from Sunday to Wednesday.

However, the weathermen had issued an ‘Orange’ warning for Kolkata and adjoining areas from September 27-29.

Meanwhile, the NDRF team had reached tourist spot Digha and started evacuating the tourists from there. Digha will be completely closed from Monday till the situation normalise.

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Published on: Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10:01 PM IST
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