A low-pressure area that seems to be heading for Bengal is keeping the administration on the tenterhooks.The weather system has developed over Myanmar and could develop into a deep pressure by Sunday afternoon, triggering heavy rainfall in Kolkata and south Bengal, the weatherman warned on Saturday .
It’s too early to predict the course, said the Regional Meteorological Centre but it could sweep across south Bengal over the next 24 hours. The state government has put the districts on high alert and has asked BDOs to prepare relief material so that aid can be rushed to flood-affected people. Disaster management groups have been put on standby .
A central control has been opened at `Jala Sampad Bhawan’, which is monitoring the situation. The government has written to Damodar Valley Corporation not to release water without consulting it. DVC has written to the state that they are likely to release the water on Saturday night. It released 36,000 cusec and 41,000 cusec water on Thursday and Friday . The weather office is yet to issue a warning for districts. “We are monitoring the progress of the low-pressure area. A warning could be issued on Sunday depending on how the system progresses,“ said G C Debnath, deputy director-general, RMC.
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