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Siliguri: Even as Kolkata and south Bengal are reeling under a heat wave, parts of north Bengal have been submerged by rains.

Several localities at Banarhat and Binnaguri in Jalpaiguri district woke up this morning to near knee-deep water submerging roads to houses, markets everything.

This is due to excessive rains in neighbouring Bhutan, which have left the rivers in the region swelling. The river waters, in turn, have forayed into low-lying residential areas. On top of this, several areas in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts received 10-80 mm rains on Sunday night.

Localities around Chalsa post office and Chanpadanga area at Malbazar too have been flooded.

Affected citizens blocked the Chalsa-Nagrakata road today saying that their monsoon woes have been compounded due to the closure of a large drain in connection with the construction of a bridge off Chalsa.

The blockade was lifted after Trinamool Nagrakata MLA Sukra Munda intervened and made the public works department to cut open a portion of the embankment for the stagnant water to go out.

Meanwhile, the Alipore Weather Observation Centre in Kolkata has forecast more rain or thundershowers in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, Alipurduar,   and Kalimpong till 20 June morning.

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