Kolkata: Life, by and large, was affected in most parts of south Bengal including Kolkata on Sunday following rains, and a cargo boat sunk into the Muri Ganga with no casualty reported even as some 18 NDRF teams are ready to face any eventuality in the coastal districts of West Bengal.
At least 18 NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams have been put on alert in the coastal districts including Medinipur as the Bay of Bengal at sea resort Digha has turned rough due to cyclonic circulation though the Cyclone Jawad is likely to weaken further from deep depression into depression by Sunday morning.
People have been asked to remain indoor and police and volunteers have been on vigil to keep the beach totally free of people.
A report from Kochuberia in South 24 Parganas said a cargo boat, which was anchored sunk into the Muri Ganga triggered by stormy weather. The parts of dyke at the bank of China river in Mousuni island in the Sundarbans gave in following waves where the NDRF teams reached to examine the situation.
An IMD bulletin said that cyclone Jawad lost its byte and weakened into a deep depression on Saturday. Even as it approached the Odisha coast and was set to recurve near Puri on Sunday afternoon and move towards Bengal coast, losing further strength.
It may reach Bengal as low pressure or a cyclonic circulation on Sunday. Kolkata has been experiencing rains from Saturday (light) to moderate on Sunday which affected life in the region.