A heavy downpour, triggered by a cyclonic circulation over Odisha and its surrounding areas, lashed the city and parts of Gangetic West Bengal. The sudden showers during the afternoon threw life out of gear in the city and the districts.

With fewer buses plying and handful of commuters in them, the city seemed to be in continued festive fervour even on ‘ekadashi.’

However, the rainfall dampened the spirits of the people of the city who had to stay indoors due to heavy downpour in parts of the city.

The rain also came as a major hurdle for the puja organisers who were scheduled to head towards the city ghats for immersion.

Continuous rain followed by water logging at different parts of the city caused difficulties for office-goers during peak evening hours.

With the intensity of rain being higher in the north and eastern outskirts of the city compared to the south, many low lying areas in Topsia, Beleghata and Maniktala, were submerged under water.

Additionally, parts of Kidderpore, Mominpore Jinjira Bazar and Behala were also affected due to water logging.

Met officials have forecast light to moderate rainfall and a cloudy sky for the city till tomorrow. The department has also predicted “continuous rainfall over the districts of Gangetic West Bengal with one or two spells of heavy shower in coastal districts, including North and South 24- Parganas for the next few hours.

“After the circulation starts to shift towards down south, the sky is expected to get clearer from Friday onwards,” a scientist at the Alipore meteorological office informed.