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Evening at 9am, pockets of power cuts
More rain forecast today

Calcutta, May 31: A cyclonic circulation over south Bengal brought heavy thundershowers to Calcutta and its neighbourhood this morning, ending a hot and humid spell, turning several parts of the city into swamps and disrupting power supply.

The Met office predicted more rainfall on Sunday. It said it could rain on Monday too if the cyclonic circulation did not weaken or move west towards Jharkhand. Calcutta received more than 30mm rain in 45 minutes from around 9am.

The possibility of more showers has cast a cloud on cricket fans’ plans to celebrate if the Kolkata Knight Riders win the IPL final in Bangalore tomorrow.

The rain dragged the maximum temperature down by five degrees from yesterday’s 35.3 degrees Celsius.

“The rainfall was caused by cloud formation encouraged by the cyclonic circulation. The system is likely to stay active for at least another day. There will be more rain over the next one or two days,” a Met official said.

According to data available with the Calcutta Municipal Corporation, the heaviest rainfall took place in and around Jodhpur Park, Kalighat, Behala, Ultadanga and Dhapa.

“The rainfall was uniformly high across the city. But some parts received slightly more rain than the others. The city’s weather could remain comfortable till the middle of next week,” the Met official said.

According to the traffic department of Calcutta police, there was waterlogging on a portion of MG Road near Burra Bazar and the Ultadanga and Patipukur underpasses.

Darkness descended on the city around 9am and vehicles had to switch on their headlights. “It was like evening,” said Arijit Sen, 29, a resident of Jodhpur Park who was driving to his office in Salt Lake.

Many parts of Calcutta witnessed power cuts ranging from half an hour to three hours. “There was no electricity between 10am and 1pm. We were told by the CESC’s maintenance staff that an uprooted tree had taken down some cables in the area,” said Lake Gardens resident Jayashree Chowdhury.

Power cuts were reported in Baghbazar, Belgachhia, Paikpara, Baguiati, Dum Dum Park, Lake Town, Kasba, Ballygunge and Lake Gardens.

According to a CESC official, no “major” disruption was reported, but there were several “minor” outages because of electrical faults caused by the thundershowers.

“There was no load shedding or any major disruption. Some minor outages were caused in small pockets as cables got damaged in the rain. Our teams fixed the problems on a war footing and normal supply was restored by early afternoon,” the official said.

Afternoon brought a mild drizzle and many Calcuttans were out on the streets with umbrellas. Shoppers returned to New Market and its adjoining areas. “We have umbrellas with us if it rains,” said 30-year-old Sonali Das.