Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

15 people killed in rain related incidents in West Bengal

15 people killed in rain related incidents in West Bengal

Preliminary investigation has found that most of the people died due to falling of trees on them.

At least 15 people were killed and almost 50 others were injured on April 17 evening when heavy rainfall and strong winds with a speed of up to 98 km per hour hit parts of West Bengal for about 45 minutes.

Of the 15, seven died in the city, six in Howrah district and one each in Bankura and Hooghly districts respectively, the police said.

A massive storm on Tuesday evening left at least 8 people dead and several others injured in West Bengal.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed the state's chief secretary to look into the situation and prepare a report on the damage and deaths caused by the storm. Sources said 560 houses in Howrah, 52 in Hooghly, 100 in North 24 Parganas, 1,050 in Kolkata were fully damaged, while 2,684 houses were partially damaged across the state. Traffic was disrupted on Strand Road and surrounding areas after trees fell.

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The daily said the storm, the fastest to hit West Bengal since Cyclone Aila in 2009, uprooted 120 trees.

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation pressed into the service as per the disaster management team which also clear all the debris.

Departure and arrival of some flights, too, were delayed because of gutsy wind. "No flight was diverted", airport director Atul Dixit told The Indian Express.

Kolkata Metro services were hit when a tree fell between Dum Dum and Noapara stations, stranding commuters in a train inside the tunnel.

However, Met department stated that no more thundershowers were expected on Wednesday. Another storm hit the city at 7.55 pm, this time with a wind speed of 98 kilometres per hour.

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