Residents trudge through knee-deep water near Surfer More in Jalpaiguri on Monday (picture by Biplab Basak).
Overnight showers that brought down the maximum temperature in the region by around 5°Celcius led to waterlogging in several areas in Jalpaiguri inconveniencing over 2,000 people. The maximum temperature in Siliguri and Jalpaiguri has been hovering around 35° Celcius for the past three-four days.
“The south-west monsoon has been active over the sub-Himalayan Bengal, Sikkim and Bihar and subdued over Jharkhand. This has led to heavy to very heavy rainfall at few places and extremely heavy rain at isolated places in Jalpaiguri district. Heavy rainfall has occurred in some areas in Darjeeling and Cooch Behar districts,” an official of the India Metereological Department said.
Jalpaiguri recorded maximum rainfall in the region in the past 24 hours at 260mm. Rainfall recorded at Bagdogra was 80mm, Siliguri received 50mm, Darjeeling 20mm and Cooch Behar 10mm. There is a forecast of heavy to very heavy rain in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Sikkim in the next 48 hours. Mahamayapara, Pandapara, Kadamtala, Station Road and Congresspara in Jalpaiguri were flooded.