Assam, Sikkim and West Bengal brace for overflowing rivers, flooding

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Pune : The Department of Water Resources issued a flood warning to 26 districts in West Bengal, Assam and Sikkim in view of the Super Cyclone ‘Amphan’ making a landfall tomorrow.

Flooding will be associated with heavy to very heavy rainfall caused by Cyclone Amphan moving from the Bay of Bengal to land. As on Tuesday afternoon, the Super Cyclone Amphan is expected to land along Digha in West Bengal and the Hatiya Islands in Bangladesh and maintain a wind speed of between155 –165 and 195 km / h on May 20.

According to a special flood warning issued by the Flood Forecasting Directorate on Tuesday, continuous rainfall could lead to a significant increase in the water levels of many small rivers and rivers along the Gangetic West Bengal. The Indian Meteorological Department ( IMD) warned that the West Bengal districts would be severely affected by major destruction of mud houses, power lines and trees.

Rivers in West Bengal, namely Kangsabati, Ajoy, Upper Mahananda, Mayurakshi, will see an increase in water levels. In addition to affecting the districts of Madinipur, 24 Parganas, Hoogly, Murshidabad, Malda and Dinajpur, heavy rain could cause urban flooding in Kolkata in the next two days.

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