Wind speeds at over 100 kmph accompanied by massive and consistent rainfall for most of Wednesday has left Kolkata and many parts of West Bengal resembling water bodies with cars floating around where there was once a road. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called the natural calamity a bigger threat than Covid-19 disease and photos emerging from the state point towards what she perhaps meant.
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Kolkata, the capital city of the state, suffered enormously since Wednesday late afternoon when Cyclone Amphan made landfall. Lower reaches of the city reported at least knee-length water while many post areas here also had roads completely submerged under water. Photos of cars floating around in rainwater quickly went viral on social media. In some of the videos shared, vehicles are seen floating and nudging against each other much like fishing boats when parked. "It rained so heavily that water started accumulating in the stilt parking of our residential society. Every single scooter and bike parked here was completely under water and the cars had water till the windshield. I doubt any of these vehicles would be operational,"said Surajit Bose, a local who stays in Kolkata's Lake Garden area.