17th August, 2019
On Friday, the metropolis received heavy rain and life in many areas was disrupted due to waterlogging. Around 3.45 pm, 35-year-old Subir Pal died and 16 people were injured after being hit by thunderclap near South Gate of Victoria Memorial. Subir was a resident of Dum Dum area. He came to visit Victoria with his wife and daughter in the joy of his wife's birthday. At the same time, the injured have been admitted to SSKM Hospital.
The names of the injured were Sangeeta Pal, Sanabi Pal, Priyanka Sardar, Jhumur Naskar, Kajal Mandal, Mohini Mandal, Reshma Bibi, Sheikh Manuvvar, Kakoli Rani, Avanti Vishwas, Bari Vishwas, Jayanti Rani Sarkar, Moidul Molla, Serena Khatun, Kazi Riyazuddin and Kazi Mirajuddin is According to the information, some people were standing under a tree near the South Gate of Victoria Memorial during which thunderbolt occurred. Aparna Mandal (52) died due to heart attack on hearing of thunderclap in Shivtala area of Regent Park. Aparna was standing in the courtyard of her house, during which lightning fell. Aparna died due to lightning strikes and heart attack due to lightning. At Raghunathpur in Purulia district, 3 people died due to lightning while 3 were injured.
Due to heavy rains, there was water logging at many places in the metropolis due to which traffic was braked. The heavy rains also affected the flight services and flight services were affected for a long time. Here, the Meteorological Department was told that heavy rains will continue in the same manner for the next 48 hours. Regional Director of Meteorological Department G. K. Das said that due to cyclonic storms in Bangladesh and adjoining coastal areas, South Bengal including Kolkata will receive heavy rains for the next 2 days. Apart from this, there is a possibility of heavy rains in parts of North Bengal such as Darjeeling, Alipurduar, Kalimpong. G. K. Das said that many districts of South Bengal will also receive heavy rains for the next 2 days, including Kolkata and other districts. Rain is likely to be slightly less from the 18th. Waterfall occurred at many places in the metropolis due to rain for a few hours. Waterlogging in many areas including Ravindra Sarovar, Ravindra Sadan, Park Street, Central Avenue, Barabazar, Maniktala underpass, Amhurst Street, Thanthania, Behala, Panchanantala, people were disturbed. Waterlogging was also seen in front of Kolkata Municipal Corporation headquarters.
The control room has been opened in Kolkata Municipal Corporation after the possibility of heavy rains from the Meteorological Department. The 24-hour situation will be monitored through this control room.
Due to torrential rains, people faced traffic jam problem in many areas of the metropolis. Due to this there was a traffic jam on the road leading to the present building. At the same time, traffic fell on the road leading to the tree due to falling of trees in Deshpriya Park. At the same time, traffic jams in many areas including AJC Bose Road, Hyde Road, Central Avenue caused a lot of problems to the people. The slow speed of traffic can be estimated from the fact that it took about 45 minutes to come to Ultadanga from the side. While returning from office in the evening, people faced a lot of problems due to the slow speed of the trains. Here, the ambulance was also stuck in the Intali area for a long time due to traffic jam. Kolkata Municipal Corporation Mayor Firhad Hakim said that all the pumps in the metropolis have been started. Excessive rains have caused some problems. Rainfall in excess of the capacity of the pumping station resulted in water logging in some areas of the metropolis.