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Heavy rain lashed Kolkata resulting in several parts of the city being waterlogged. However, compared to Monday, the situation has improved a bit as water has receded in certain areas.

Civic authorities used pumps to flush out the water after a heavy downpour that started Sunday night and continued till Monday evening.

More than 100 mm rain was recorded at different places in the city from 1 am to 7 am on Monday, submerging many important thoroughfares and low-lying areas under knee-deep water.

The Met department has forecast more heavy rain or thunderstorms till Tuesday morning in most districts of south Bengal, including in Kolkata.

“Due to movement of cyclonic circulation from north-west Bay of Bengal to Gangetic West Bengal and strong moisture incursion, heavy rainfall is occurring over Kolkata and adjoining North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly and Purba Medinipur,” regional Met director GK Das said.

See: Heavy rainfall leaves streets in Kolkata waterlogged | Visuals


Treatment of patients at a few hospitals in Kolkata including the state-run SSKM Medical College and Hospital were badly affected while life-saving drugs at the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine were damaged as rainwater flooded portions of the medical establishments on Monday, officials said.

The Outpatient department (OPD) of gynaecology section as well as the ticket counter on the ground floor of the SSKM Medical College and Hospital building were inundated as doctors and nurses were seen attending patients with ankle-deep water accumulating on the floor.

Clerks sitting on chairs in flooded rooms were seen issuing tickets for OPD since Monday morning.

“We have been facing this waterlogging problem for the department since 2005. There was an attempt to address it in 2011, but the problem was not resolved totally,” a senior official of the medical college and hospital said on condition of anonymity.


Kolkata recorded the highest rainfall of September in 13 years following an incessant downpour in the metropolis and its neighbouring districts since the early hours of Monday, as several areas were submerged and transport services crippled.

The weather office said Kolkata received 142 mm of rain in 24 hours till 8.30 am, and over 100 mm during the six-hour span from 1 am to 7 am.

The metropolis had recorded 174.4 mm of rainfall on September 25 in 2007.

Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/cities/kolkata/story/kolkata-heavy-rain-waterlogged-roads-1855133-2021-09-21