QKolkata: Heavy Rains Lash the City; Diwali Pollution Down
It was a drenched Diwali for Kolkata.
It was a drenched Diwali for Kolkata.(Photo: skymetweather.com)

QKolkata: Heavy Rains Lash the City; Diwali Pollution Down

1. Depression Leaves, But Heavy Rain Drenches City

A steady drizzle punctuated by several spells of heavy shower left Kolkata drenched on Friday, even as the depression that has been triggering rain since Thursday moved into Jamshedpur. It was predicted to travel across West Bengal and enter Bangladesh on Saturday.

According to the Met office, the showers could lose intensity in Kolkata by Saturday afternoon. “The depression is now travelling in a north-northeasterly direction towards Bangladesh. As it moves further away from Bengal, the rain will turn scanty in Kolkata. The weather should improve in the city by Saturday afternoon,” said GK Das, director, Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC). As the depression travels through the state, the districts of Bankura, Burdwan and Malda could receive heavy rain.

Source: The Times Of India

Also Read: In Photos: Heavy Rains, Gusty Winds Disrupt Normal Life in Kolkata

2. Diwali This Year Three Times Less Polluted Than Previous Years



 Least polluted Diwali in Kolkata in three years.
Least polluted Diwali in Kolkata in three years.
(Photo: iStock)

The downpour on Diwali left the city two times less polluted than last year and three times less than 2015. According to the Central Pollution Control Board records, the 24-hour average of respirable particulate matter (RSPM) of PM10category count was 86 µg/m (microgram per cubic meter) this Diwali. Compared to last year’s 215µg/m, the figure is quite satisfactory as the permissible limit for PM10 is 100 µg/m. Had it not rained, there could have been far worse ambient air.

CPCB real time Ambient Air Quality Monitoring (AQI) revealed that between Thursday midnight to 2pm on Friday, the PM10 pollution shot up to 405 µg/m, four times higher than the permissible limit. “The rain proved a cleanser for the ambient air. Each spell of rain washed out the pollutants in the air. This is why the air quality improves dramatically. But if there was a long dry, spell, ambient air would have been far worse,” said Sudipta Bhattacharya, environmentalist and researcher.

Source: The Times Of India

Also Read: This Diwali, We The People Talk About Pollution Ka Solution

3. Noise Demon Rears Head Despite Ban, Rain Leash

Despite rain providing a breather, the noise demons returned to haunt the city on Diwali night. Unlike what was initially believed to be restricted to pockets, police figures and data collected by various NGOs show the city broke the 90 decibel barrier with impunity.

But the rain gods played spoilsport, and even the police admit that the situation could have been far worse. Not that the cops didn’t try. Till reports last came in at 2 am, they had arrested 732 persons. With Bidhannagar police arresting 81 more, the total touched 813.

Source: The Times Of India

Also Read: #MyRightToBreathe This Diwali, Say No To Noise Pollution

4. More KMC Force To Combat Lethal Sting

Special KMC Teams have been formed to combat the dengue menace in Kolkata.
Special KMC Teams have been formed to combat the dengue menace in Kolkata.
(Photo: iStock)

A sudden spurt in the number of dengue patients has led a section of Kolkata Municipal Corporation councillors to request the civic top brass for additional workforce to bolster vector control teams at their wards. These workers were appointed from those recruited for a special 100-day scheme. According to a KMC health department official, the reason behind requisitioning workforce from 100-day work scheme was the panic that had gripped a section of councillors after a spurt in dengue cases in their respective areas.

“Of late, we are getting requests from councillors to send workers under our 100-day work scheme for dengue prevention job. Though we have sent some of our workers to some affected areas, it is increasingly getting difficult for us to meet requests pouring in from various parts of the city,” said a civic official.

Source: The Times Of India

Also Read: Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya Numbers on the Rise in Delhi-NCR

5. Random Firefighting Checks at Highrises Soon



The LIC Jeevan Sudha building on fire.
The LIC Jeevan Sudha building on fire.
Photo: india.com

The fire department has decided to carry out random checks at city highrises that house offices to see if the firefighting equipment are in order. The decision comes after Thursday’s fire at the Life Insurance Corporation of India owned Jeevan Sudha building on Chowringhee, where some of the equipment appeared to have been poorly maintained.

The fire department will send a notice to Jeevan Sudha authorities to check the maintenance schedule. Around seven years ago, the fire department had become proactive and constituted teams that carried out checks on hospitals following a devastating fire at AMRI Hospital in Dhakuria. These checks have led to several measures, including installation of emergency exits that have made hospitals and nursing homes safer than before.

Source: The Times Of India

Also Read: LIC Building on Fire in Kolkata’s Jawahar Lal Nehru Road

6. 17-Year-Old Dies Aftr Touching Wet Wire

A teenager was electrocuted after he came in contact with a live wire hanging from a string of rice lights a few yards from his home in Tiljala on Diwali night.

Mohammad Danish, 17, had stepped out of his home in Shibtala and was walking down a narrow path when he accidentally touched a live wire that was soaked in rainwater.

Residents of the area, alerted by Danish's screams, rushed the teenager to the Chittaranjan National Medical College and Hospital, where he was declared dead.

Source: The Telegraph

7. Puja Gate Collapse Injures 1

A pedestrian was injured and traffic suspended for more than an hour on Friday after a Kali puja gate collapsed on the road leading to the North 24- Parganas district headquarters in Barasat.

The injured person was taken to a civic hospital in the area. He was discharged after first aid.

Fire officers on the spot, about 20km from Calcutta, said overnight rain had weakened the base of the bamboo structure, which is why it collapsed.

"The structure was huge... it took us more than an hour to remove it from the road," a fire officer said.

Source: The Telegraph

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