Kolkata: At least seven people have been killed and several others hospitalised following thunderstorm and lightning in several of the south Bengal districts.
The thunderstorm, gusting at a speed of around 60 kmph, lashed over the districts of Nadia, East and West Burdwan, Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum, and Murshidabad from around dawn today. It was accompanied by lightning and light to heavy rains.
The storm and lightning killed four persons at Murshidabad’s Naoda and killed one more person at Bharatpur.
Of them, one person died after coming under a tree fell by the storm, one died as the wall of a mud-house collapsed due to the rain, and the remaining three died after being struck by lightning. Several others injured by lightning or house collapse are admitted to Amtala Rural Hospital.
At Beldanga, again in Murshidabad district, around 150 mud-houses have collapsed due to the rain and thunderstorm. At Mallarpur in Birbhum district, a mother-son duo died as their hutment caught fire after a lightning struck.
According to the Alipore Weather Observation Centre in Kolkata, the district of West Burdwan received the maximum rainfall: over 100 mm in just three hours from 5.30 am – 8.30 am today. This left several areas in Asansol, Durgapur, and Andal inundated. There was water above the knee level at some places in Asansol.
Neighbouring Bankura also received around 80 mm of rain in the morning itself. Birbhum received less rainfall at 10 mm but the storm was stronger.
The weather office has forecast similar thunderstorm gusting up to 60 kmph in the south Bengal districts and in some isolated areas of north Bengal on Friday. This is due to a cyclonic circulation extending from West Bengal to Bihar, Jharkhand, and Odisha.