More rains expected in Kolkata as depression moves close to Bengal coast

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More rains expected in Kolkata as depression moves close to Bengal coast

Red alert has been sounded in the coastal areas by the Bengal government as the condition of the sea would remain rough during the next 24 hours.

A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal has triggered heavy rainfall in Kolkata and various parts of Gangetic West Bengal since Thursday night.

Heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds is expected over Kolkata and its adjoining areas over the next 48 hours.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the depression was located about 35 km north-northwest of Chandbali on Friday morning. The system is expected to move north-eastwards towards the Bengal coast.

Red alert has been sounded in the coastal areas by the Bengal government as the condition of the sea would remain rough during the next 24 hours.

Fishermen along the coast have also been advised not to venture into the sea during the period.

The West Bengal government has opened a central control room to monitor the situation.

"Earlier we thought that it will move from Odisha to Andhra Pradesh but now it has changed its course and is moving towards the Bengal coast. We have already opened a control room which is working 24 hours. We have alerted all our district officials," state irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee told India Today.

Special attention is being given to arrangements at popular tourist spots like Digha and Mandarmani which witness heavy influx of tourists during weekend. Local authorities have requested tourists to avoid the choppy sea.