Kolkata: Thirty-three trawlers and over 500 fishermen have gone missing as heavy rain continued to lash West Bengal. Only three trawlers have been traced by now and one of them is in Bangladesh.
The state government has appealed to the coast guard and Navy for assistance in the search operations.
Howrah, Kolkata and South 24 Paraganas have been affected. The rough weather has left roads and railway tracks waterlogged
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has delayed her visit to Delhi because of the emergency.
"We can't anticipate nature's fury, but we are doing our best to handle the situation. As for the missing fishermen, we are monitoring the situation. Even if these fishermen have strayed into Bangladesh, we've told the Bangladeshi authorities that they should not be harassed, and once the rain subsides, they should be able to come back," Mamata said.