Siliguri / Kolkata: Heavy rainfall in a span of about two hours today has led to waterlogging in several arterial areas in Siliguri town and the suburbs.
The areas in and around Siliguri that have been submerged by up to knee-deep water include Kachhari Road (Hospital More), Khalpara, Champasari Regulated Market, Shaktigarh, Ashoknagar, Ashighar, Ektiasal, and Fulbari.
Siliguri, with several other parts of north Bengal, was witnessing rainfall since yesterday. In the past 24-hours, till 8.30 am this morning, the town received about 30 mm rains that came down in light to moderate spells.
But just as Siligurians were looking forward to a dry working day, it started raining very heavily from around 9 am and lasting up to 11 am. The Central Water Commission recorded 50 mm rain in Siliguri from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm the bulk of which came down in the two hours.
The waterlogging has compelled people to go to work wading through knee-deep water. Students, in particular, have been at the receiving end. The rain has given away to a bright sun from early afternoon but the Alipore Weather Observation Centre has said that the break will be short-lived.
The forecast issued this afternoon has warned about up to 200 mm rainfall in a 24-hours cycle over the next two days in several places in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, and Cooch Behar districts. Siliguri is part of Darjeeling district.
Some areas in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri are even tipped to received extremely heavy rain of over 200 mm.
As compared to the weather in north Bengal, Kolkata and the most districts in south Bengal are experiencing a humid weather since yesterday. There is a forecast for rain or thundershower in some areas but barring a partly cloudy sky, there is no sign of the shower till this afternoon.