Kolkata: The city and Gangetic Bengal are set to receive moderate to heavy showers over the next 48 hours under the impact of a low pressure that will form over northeast Bay of Bengal on Monday. Kolkata was expected to receive heavier rain between Sunday night and Monday evening, said the Met office. But the city will remain warm and humid on Sunday, with the maximum temperature hovering around 35 degrees Celsius till the system arrives.
“We expect showers in Kolkata between the second half of Sunday and Monday afternoon. The rain may continue till Monday night and there could be gusty winds, blowing at a speed of 20-30 km/hr,” said Regional Meteorological Centre director G K Das.
The civic authorities have started laying out an elaborate plan to counter waterlogging that the heavy rain may cause. The KMC brass on Saturday asked sewerage and drainage officials to keep all heavy-duty pumps at drainage pumping stations ready after a warning from Nabanna reached the civic body headquarters. The civic bosses have been told to take adequate steps to ensure there is no waterlogging.
A KMC drainage department official said their area of concern would be the low lying, waterlogging-prone areas, most of which were in Behala, Tollygunge and places off E M Bypass. “Several places in the added areas have no underground drainage system. We will need portable pumps to flush out storm water from low-lying areas,” said an official