Kolkata: The city was drenched by a sharp spell of showers on Saturday evening despite slow ‘monsoon activities’ in Gangetic Bengal. Several areas in south and central Kolkata, where the shower was more intense than other parts, were left waterlogged. The city received 56.1mm rainfall.
Some parts of Maniktala, Bidhan Sarani, Topsia, neighbourhoods off EM Bypass, Mominpur and Behala went under ankle-deep water. Camac Street was flooded, too. But civic authorities said the water subsided quickly.
While sporadic rain will continue in Kolkata and south Bengal over the next 48 hours, no heavy shower was likely, said Met office. With the monsoon trough being active in north Bengal, Gangetic Bengal would receive light rain till the end of June, it was predicted.
“A low-pressure trough across north Bengal and Sikkim has now got converted into a monsoon trough. It will continue to bring heavy showers in north Bengal. But Gangetic Bengal will not receive heavy rain unless we have a system over Bay of Bengal or the trough moves south,” said Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) director G K Das. He added Kolkata would receive short spells of rain till the end of the month. “We have had reasonably good rain in the city so far. But monsoon rain in south Bengal is driven by systems over Bay of Bengal that are yet to form this month,” said Das. Kolkata has received 190.2 mm rain between the arrival of monsoon on June 12 and June 26.
He, however, added the June showers didn’t necessarily indicate excess rainfall for the entire season. “Kolkata and south Bengal get moderate rain in June, while July and August are the peak monsoon months. Monsoon currents move in a periodic cycle and at times, get stuck. They have turned relatively inactive over last week that has led to this relatively dry period,” said Das.