Kolkata: It’s official now! Monsoon has finally arrived in Kolkata and some south Bengal districts today by a delay of three days than its usual onset date of 8 June.
According to experts at the Alipore Weather Observation Centre, the monsoon winds have already covered Kolkata, South and North 24-Parganas, and over the next 48-hours will reach the remaining parts of the state.
Keeping in tune with the announcement, Kolkata and the adjoining areas witnessed showers in phases since the second half of the day today. It also rained last night.
The Weather Office has forecast the rains to continue at least until Wednesday. In fact, a warning has been issued for heavy rainfall of up to 110 cm in most districts in the north Bengal, including Darjeeling.
The rains are likely to be accompanied by strong winds of up to 45 kmph speed and fishermen in the state have been advised not to venture into the sea in the next 48-hours.
Meanwhile, 42 tea workers were injured on being struck by lightning today at Palashbari tea estate in Jalpaiguri when they were plucking tea leaves. They were at once taken to the Banarhat Rural Hospital. From there, four were referred to Birapara hospital while the rest were discharged on first-aid.
In a similar incident, three people were injured by lightning at Ausgram in East Burdwan district.