West Bengal storm: Ten dead in Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, Bankura
Ten persons were killed and rail, road and air traffic was disrupted in West Bengal as twin storms accompanied by rains lashed Kolkata on Tuesday night, uprooting electric poles and houses
Ten persons were killed and rail, road and air traffic was disrupted in West Bengal as twin storms accompanied by rains lashed through the city on Tuesday night felling trees, uprooting electric poles and triggering house collapse.
Mobile and Internet services were hit with the storm snapping overhead wires and damaging mobile towers.
Of the ten persons killed, four each died in Kolkata and Howrah districts. One death was reported from Bankura and another from Hooghly following the twin norwesters that had gale speed of up to 98 km.
In Kolkata, two persons travelling in an autorickshaw died on Lenin Sarani near the city centre when a tree fell on the vehicle. One person was killed when a house collapsed in the Anandapur area in the eastern part while a pedestrian was killed when a tree fell on his head in Behala on the southern outskirts.
Three died in Belur and one in Dumurjola of Howrah district, state police control room officials told IANS. One person died after being struck by lighting in Indus of Bankura district. Electrocution claimed one life in Hooghly district.
The twin storms played havoc with the public transport system, as trams and trains halted on their tracks with the overhead wires snapping. Flight services were affected for 100 minutes. The Kolkata Metro Railway services were hit when a tree fell between Dum Dum and Noapara stations, as passengers got stuck in the tunnel. Suburban train services of South Eastern Railway and Eastern Railway went haywire as trains were stopped at various stations. In South Eastern Railway's Howrah division, services were disrupted in Howrah-Bardhaman and Howrah-Tarakdewhar sections, badly inconveniencing thousands of passengers. In Eastern Railway's Sealdah division, train movement was disrupted in various sections.