Kolkata, West Bengal, IMD, Rain, Monsoon
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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued notice forecasting massive downpour in the capital city Kolkata and West Bengal for next two days.

Also, lightning and thunderstorm are expected along with rain in isolated regions in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh seaboard region, Tamil Nadu, Kerala,Coastal Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh, the forecast read.

Unbated rain in the region for past few days have left several areas waterlogged. The incessant rain have also affected the flight operations at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata and train services across the state. Southern and Eastern Railways have cancelled a few trains due to water-logging in the Howrah region.

According to report from the State Disaster Management Department, at least four persons are dead and 19 others injured in the rain related catastrophe that hit the state on Friday. Four among the 19 injured were identified as citizens of Bangladesh.

The lightning struck these individuals while taking a tour in the premises of the Victoria Memorial.

One of the deceased has been identified as Subir Pal (34). Pal was visiting the historic monument along with his family when the unfortunate happened. The deceased is survived by his wife and a daughter.

The injured belonged to Kolkata and Purulia district.

Firhad Hakim and Krishna Chakraborty, Mayors of Kolkata and Bidhannagar Municipality, respectively, visited the affected areas to review the damage.

Meanwhile, Kolkata Municipal Corporation has roped in extra hands to clear the waterlogged areas.


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