Incessant rains accompanied by massive storm since Monday morning have affected operations at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, as flights coming to Kolkata are forced to be diverted to nearby airports. Numerous flights were not able to land at the Kolkata airport due to bad weather on Monday morning and were forced to be diverted to nearby airports including the Bhubaneswar, Guwahati and Bagdogra airports among others in the region. Officials mentioned that the flights were not allowed to take off from the Kolkata airport since 9 am in the morning. Official claim that if the situation persists then a few flights from Kolkata will have to be cancelled.
However, no official from the airport authorities has issued any official statement about this.
The heavy downpour and windy weather is being attributed to a depression in the Bay of Bengal, due to which air and road traffic has been affected majorly. City traffic was also affected big time as waterlogged streets and uprooted trees blocked some thoroughfares of the city, delaying the peak hour traffic. The Regional Meteorological Department has forecast more downpour and stormy weather in Kolkata and other adjacent areas for the next 48 hours. City schools that were scheduled to open today after the Durga Puja vacation had to be closed again due to the bad weather.
Meteorological Department on South Bengal has issued warnings to people living in sea areas and fishermen and have been asked not to go to the sea. The districts that have been affected by bad weather other than the metropolis include Krishnanagar, Kalyani, Ranaghat and Chakda.