• Deep depression over Bay of Bengal to intensify, rain alert for south Bengal
    Indian Express | 18 November 2023
  • With a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm, the Meteorological Department said that West Bengal is likely to receive light to moderate rain from Thursday to Saturday.

    The deep depression will, however, have no major impact on Odisha as it will move towards the Bangladesh coast, the Meteorological Department said.

    In West Bengal, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, and Purba Medinipur districts are likely to receive light to moderate rainfall. The rainfall will be accompanied by thunder at a few places, including Kolkata, Howrah, Paschim Medinipur, and Hooghly districts. Purba Medinipur and Nadia, Purba Bardhaman, and Murshidabad districts will receive light to moderate rainfall on Friday.

    The sea conditions will continue to remain rough with the wind speed hovering around 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph. It is likely to increase gradually to 55-65 kmph, gusting 75 kmph on Friday and Saturday morning, and decrease thereafter.

    Meanwhile, the West Bengal government advised farmers to finish harvesting of winter rice crop. It also advised them to use combined paddy harvesters so that the process is done quickly. The government also asked farmers to delay the sowing of potato by a week.

    —Srestha Choudhury works as an intern at the Kolkata office of The Indian Express

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