Kolkata: A severe thunderstorm with wind speed gusting up to 100 kmph lashed over Kolkata and most of the south Bengal districts today evening killing at least 10 people and bringing train and other modes of transports to a grinding halt for several hours.
The thunderstorm, accompanied by rain, started around 7.45 pm. Within a few minutes, several trees gave in under the impact of the storm. In Kolkata, tress collapsed on the roads as many as 40-odd locations.
This resulted in the death of two persons on Lenin Sarani, one at Behala Parnasree, and five at Howrah. This apart, two persons have died after walls of a house came crashing at Anandapur on EM Bypass in Kolkata.
The thunderstorm also severely affected train movements on Howrah mail and chord line and Sealdah north section for up to four years. This after trees fell on the overhead electric wires, severing power supply to the trains. Metro train services in the city were also disrupted after a tree fell on the over-ground tracks at Dum Dum Metro railway station.
Train services on Sealdah north section were resumed between 8.21 pm and 8.50 pm. On Howrah mail line, the services resumed at 8.45 pm. On chord line, train services were restored at 10.55 pm.
At Kolkata airport, the wing of a parked passenger aircraft was twisted by the storm. Another parked aircraft ended up hitting an electric post near the apron.