statesman news service
KOLKATA, 5 OCT: The first day of Navratri brought in heavy showers in the city throughout the day, marking a wet start for the 10-day festive season.
According to the Meteorological office at Alipore, 84.8 mm rainfall was recorded till 5:30 p.m.
Officials from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation said that Jodhpur Park recorded highest rainfall ~ around 78 mm for a period of one hour from 3 p.m., followed by Santoshpur (72 mm), Kalighat (58 mm), Ballygunge (41 mm) and Topsia (34 mm) while Kuliatangra and Pagladanga also registered heavy rainfall.
Alipore, the airport area and Salt Lake recorded heavy rainfall in the city during the day, according to the sources in the Meteorological office.
Various areas in the city and outskirts were waterlogged resulting in severe traffic congestion in the evening.
For instance, lanes connecting AJC Bose road to Chowringhee and areas around Amherst Street, College Street market, Behala, Garden Reach, Khidderpore, Dhakuria, Jodhpur Park remained waterlogged after heavy showers in the afternoon.
Lightning led to fire in a Puja pandal in Kalighat. No causalities have been reported. Two fire engines were sent to control the fire.
The temperature in the morning was recorded at 34.6 degree, which is two degree above the average along with high humidity as high as 95 per cent, according to the officials in the Meteorological office in Alipore.
Officials of the Meteorological office have forecasted a cloudy sky and two to three spells of rain and thunderstorm tomorrow. “Rain bearing clouds formed due to the excessive heat and high humidity in the morning. The moisture in the air formed clouds leading to scattered rainfall in the city,” said the duty official in the Meteorological office at Alipore.