New Delhi, Aug 7: Incessant rains in Bankura district of West Bengal have led to a flood-like situation, leaving two persons dead. Several houses have been damaged in the 224-mm rains in last 24 hours. Also Read - BJP Leader V. Muraleedharan Tweets Video, Says 'TMC Goons Attacked my Convoy'
In the video, two houses are being washed away by the sudden gush of water. Several people have been rescued and sent to safer places. Also Read - Mandatory Face Mask, 50% Attendance in State Govt Offices: West Bengal Govt Issues New COVID Guidelines
The state disaster management department has been pressed into relief and rescue operations. The district administration has set relief camps where people are being kept. The government has asked the health department to provide water pouches. Different medical teams have been deployed across the flood-hit areas. The situation might worsen as more rains have been predicted on Tuesday. Also Read - Election Commission Rejects TMC's Demand For Recount of Votes in Nandigram, Mamata Says Will Approach Court
The Met department had forecast heavy rain in West Bengal till Friday morning owing to a cyclonic circulation over south Bangladesh and adjoining Gangetic West Bengal and an active monsoon trough.
A cyclonic circulation over south Bangladesh and adjoining Gangetic West Bengal and an active monsoon trough passing through Sriniketan and then to the Bay of Bengal are likely to lead to widespread rainfall in the state for the next two days, said the Met department.
Under the influence of moderate to strong southwest monsoon current, strong southwesterly wind with speed between 35 and 45 kmph, with gusts up to 55 kmph and rough to very rough seas are likely towards Bangladesh coast and the deep sea, it said.
As a result, fishermen have been advised not to venture towards Bangladesh coast and deep seas. Incessant rain throughout the day affected normal life in the metropolis as waterlogging in some areas and potholes on roads caused traffic snarls.
(With PTI inputs)