Flight services were disrupted at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport after heavy rain and strong winds in the West Bengal Capital from Sunday night. At least 23 domestic flights were diverted and the departure of many from the airport was stalled, ANI reported.
Traffic was affected in most areas of Kolkata. There was water-logging in several localities, including New Alipore, Gariahat and Jadavpur, according to NDTV.
Suburban train services were also delayed in Howrah and Sealdah because of the inclement weather. Schools that reopened on Monday after the Durga Puja vacation declared a holiday.
Moderate to heavy rains are expected in several localities in the metropolis for the next 24 hours to 48 hours, according to Skymet Weather. Most places in Gangetic West Bengal, North Odisha and East Jharkhand will receive showers, the India Meteorological Department said, according to PTI.
“A depression has formed over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining North Bay of Bengal and lay centred about 50 km southeast of Kolkata at 5.30 am today,” the Weather Department said.
Fishermen have been advised to not venture out to sea for the next few days.