The Met Department recorded 133.6-mm rainfall in the last 24 hours till 8.30 AM today and has forecast heavy to very heavy rains in Gangetic West Bengal till tomorrow.

Cyclone 'Komen', which made landfall in Bangladesh on Thursday, remained practically stationary there and has weakened into a depression, it said. The weather phenomenon would move west-north westwards and gradually weaken into a well-marked low-pressure area, the Met office said.

Flood-like situation was reported in several districts of South Bengal like Howrah, South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore with heavy rains lashing these areas in the last few days. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday said that the inclement weather has claimed 39 lives and affected about 7 lakh people, leaving many homeless in the districts.

Several roads in north and south Kolkata remained under knee-deep water owing to the rains. Arterial roads like Central Avenue, Park Street, Theatre Road, Hospital Road, Amherst Street and parts of Diamond Harbour Road were waterlogged, leading to traffic snarls.

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is running 300 pumps from its permanent pumping stations in different parts of the city along with 360 more portable pumps to drain out the water, Mayor in-Council (drainage) member, Tarak Singh, stated.

The water level in the Ganges recorded a high of 6.8-m owing to a full moon yesterday combined with the heavy rains and release of water from upper catchment areas, said a River Traffic Police officer.

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