Kolkata: After experiencing a drought-like
situation for the last two years, south Bengal districts are
bracing for a good monsoon this year with rains lashing the
region since Thursday morning.
"A depression has formed over the North-West Bay of Bengal
and lies 150 km south east of Kolkata which will lead to heavy
to very heavy rains in south Bengal districts," regional MET
director GC Debnath said.
"Heavy rains will lash districts of north Orissa also," he
The depression is likely to cross the West Bengal-
Bangladesh coast by night leading to heavy to very heavy rains
in south Bengal districts, including Kolkata, till Saturday,
With windspeed reaching 45 to 55 km per hour and the sea
very choppy, fishermen have been advised not to venture out
The Kolkata Port here has hoisted the Local Cautionary
Signal-3 in view of the squally weather condition at the port,
While Cyclone Aila played havoc with the monsoon pattern
in 2009 in Gangetic West Bengal, in 2010 only six south Bengal
districts suffered drought conditions even as the rest of the
country experienced normal monsoons.