No respite as more showers in offing for West Bengal

Storm in West Bengal Affects Train Services, Flights Delayed, At Least 8 People Killed, Several Injured

The city came to a halt as traffic was blocked and train movement was also disrupted at several stations.

At least 10 people were killed in West Bengal on Tuesday evening as twin storms and heavy rainfall lashed the state, IANS reported. The storm caused uprooting of trees, fall of electric poles, the collapse of roofs and walls in several houses which thereby disrupted rail, road and air traffic and tripping of power in several areas.

Government sources said toll may increase as they are yet to get the final figure of the casualties.

A major segment of a railing fell on a blank and empty train at Howrah station, the sources added further, that luckily there were no injurious anyway in the city.

Kolkata: Fifteen people have died and 50 others have been injured in a nor'wester that hit the city and other districts in West Bengal, the police said on Wednesday.

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Police said that out of the 15, seven were from Kolkata, six from Howrah district and one each from Bankura and Hooghly districts. They were among the six people who died in Howrah.

Howrah district, 52 in Hooghly, 100 in North 24 Parganas and 1050 in Kolkata districts were fully damaged whereas 2684 houses have been damaged partially throughout south Bengal. Nearly every arterial road was clogged because of uprooted trees and lampposts.

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation pressed into the service as per the disaster management team which also clear all the debris. "A nor'wester hit the city with a force of 98 km per hour around 7.42 pm", Regional Meteorological Director G K Das said.

However, Met department stated that no more thundershowers were expected on Wednesday.

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