A common scene near Science City on EM Bypass after every downpour.
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Kolkata: IF the nightlong downpour in the city since Monday was not enough, the weather office has now issued a warning for heavy showers in Kolkata from evening through the night today.

According to the Alipore Weather Observation Centre, it might rain anything between 70 mm – 110 mm in Kolkata in the course of the next 24-hours. A similar warning has been sounded for North and South 24-Parganas, East and West Midnapore, and Jhargram.

The warning comes at a time when Kolkata has recorded 162.6 mm rainfall in the last 24-hours till 8.30 this morning. This is the highest rainfall in June in the last seven years: it had rained 154.9 mm on 18 June 2011.

No wonder, several arterial roads in Kolkata are still submerged in water even as the city has so far witnessed only light rains since this morning till afternoon.

While the Alipore Police Line is under nearly waist-deep water, knee-deep water on Amherst Street, Central Avenue, MG Road, Thanthania, Khiderpore, Behala, Ballygunge, and EM Bypass Science City area has turned commuters’ life miserable.

As regards the districts, several roads in Howrah are either knee or waist-deep water. Weather office records state that it has rained 180 mm at Haldia, 110 mm at Digha in East Midnapore, and 170 mm at Diamond Harbour in South 24-Parganas.

North Bengal, for a change, has seen less rainfall in the last 24-hours. It has rained 10 mm to 90 mm in different parts of sub-Himalayan north Bengal, especially in Alipurduar. But the worry for the region lies from Wednesday when it is likely to witness intense rainfall for three days at a stretch.

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