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Agencies prepare for another wet spell in Kolkata

The last bout of heavy rain left various parts of the city flooded for days last week

Subhajoy Roy | Published 28.09.21, 06:57 AM
The KMC has installed additional portable pumps in areas prone to waterlogging.

The KMC has installed additional portable pumps in areas prone to waterlogging.

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The Met office has warned of heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. The last bout of heavy rain left various parts of Kolkata flooded for days last week. The Telegraph takes stock of what the various agencies have done in anticipation of the fresh spell.

Civic bodies

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In Ward 109 of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), which includes Nayabad, New Garia and Mukundapur, the civic body has asked people living in low-lying areas to shift to safe shelters.

“We are keeping community halls and schools ready so residents of low-lying areas could be shifted there,” said Ananya Banerjee, the coordinator of Ward 109.

The KMC has installed additional portable pumps in areas prone to waterlogging. Six pumps have been installed in Ward 109, 25 in the Bhowanipore-Kidderpore belt and one in Golf Green.

The civic bodies of Salt Lake, Dum Dum and New Town have cleaned gully pits and drains in Kestopur, Baguiati and Dum Dum, as well as several blocks in Salt Lake, which were flooded last week.

In New Town, pump sets have been kept on standby in several places that got flooded last week.

Police

Kolkata police have got 26 personnel trained in emergency evacuation from the civil defence department. Besides, the force has 22 disaster management teams ready to be deployed.

Power utilities

As many as 150 quick response teams of CESC will patrol various places. “We will be in constant touch with the civic bodies, police and the state government,” said Avijit Ghosh, executive director (distribution), CESC.

Last updated on 28.09.21, 06:57 AM
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