Kolkata: Three persons were killed in heavy rains in south Bengal on Saturday with normal life thrown out of gear in the metropolis and adjacent districts and the weatherman predicting it would continue till midday tomorrow.
The rains left two persons, Sanjoy Mondal and his son Ashis, dead after a balcony of an old house collapsed on Cotton Street here, police sources said.
A woman, Dulai Mohanta, died in a wall collapse at Bhurigram in Burdwan, district police said. Kolkata received the season`s highest of 140 mm rainfall, MeT officials said.
Widespread rain was reported from Durgapur in Burdwan district, which recorded 112-114 mm rain. Purulia district reported 65 mm rain which affected Bagmundi, Jhalda and Jaypore blocs.
At least 1,334 huts collapsed in Burdwan district, disaster management sources said. Bankura District Magistrate Bijoy Bharati said the rains affected Barjora, Sonamukhi, Patrasayar, and Mejia blocks while the Kangasabati river crossed the danger level.
The DVC said that 30,000 cusec of water needed for hydel power generation was to be released, but it was reduced to 25,000 to 26,000 cusec after the chief secretary requested that the release be checked.