Rain and high tide flood the main sections, disrupt traffic | Kolkata News

Kolkata: Rain overnight and most of Monday left large swaths of the city inundated, paralyzing life in many neighborhoods and disrupting traffic. Many waterlogged areas also experienced power outages as the CESC shut off power when the water level rose above the danger mark. The high tide of the Hooghly River further complicated the situation.
According to rainfall data collected from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation drainage pump stations, many localities received more than 150mm of rain between 10 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Monday, the highest 4 p.m. rainfall on record. in 15 years. The Dhapa Lock drainage pump station, which drains stormwater from North Kolkata and parts of the EM diversion, recorded rainfall of 190mm during the same period.
The heaviest rainfall occurred between 4am and 5am when some of the north and south areas of Kolkata received over 70mm of rain during the hour-long torrential downpour. Capable of handling a maximum of 10mm of stormwater in an hour, the civic drainage infrastructure was clearly overwhelmed by the intensity of the rainfall on Monday.
Residents of Belgachhia, Ultadanga, Kankurgachhi, Maniktala, Beliaghata, MG Road, Muktaram Babu Street, Amherst Street, College Street, Camac Street, Park Street, Bhowanipore, Kidderpore, Behala, Ballygunge, Dhakuria, Jodhpur Park, Lake Gardens and Jadavpur should wade through knee-deep and in some places waist-deep water to reach local markets and buy necessities.
With locks along the Hooghly closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. due to high tide, storm water from areas such as Bagbazar, Chittaranjan Avenue, Burrabazar, BBD Bagh, Bhowanipore and Hastings could not be drained for several hours. .
Residents along Tolly’s Nullah had to bear the brunt of it as the high tide caused the water level to rise sharply.
According to a KMC official, they had to put 450 pumps into operation. Shakuntala Park, Sarsuna, Parnasree, Sakherbazar, James Long Sarani in Behala, Mukundapur, Patuli, Garia, Kasba and Madurdaha have been badly affected.
Kolkata traffic police had a rough day in very waterlogged streets. The most affected sections included Amherst Street and Narkeldanga Main Road. Severe engorgement was reported throughout the diversion. Parts of AJC Bose Road, Camac Street, Park Street and Hungerford Street were also flooded. Until the evening, the cops recorded more than three dozen vehicle breakdowns in the city.
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