Alert: Strong Nor’wester Likely To Hit Gangetic West Bengal


Kolkata: Latest satellite / Radar observations indicate that Thundersquall with wind speed exceeding 60 kmph accompanied with lightning and light to moderate rain likely to affect some parts of West Midnapore , Jhargram, East Burdwan, Hooghly district(s) of Gangetic West Bengal during next 2-3 hours from 17:30 Hrs IST of today, 26th April,2018.

Earlier, Two storms lashed parts of West Bengal, including Kolkata killing at least 15 people as winds topping 80 kilometres per hour toppled trees, disrupted train and air traffic and uprooted electric poles in the region.

Seven were killed in Kolkata and six in Howrah after the two norwesters, seasonal storm common in the region, struck the eastern state on Tuesday evening. Two people were struck by lightning in Hooghly and Bankura districts in south West Bengal.

In Kolkata, five people died when a tree fell on the autorickshaw they were travelling in on Lenin Sarani in the central part of the state capital. One person was killed when a house collapsed in the Anandapur area in the eastern part and a pedestrian died after a tree fell on him in Behala on the southern outskirts.

Four people, including a teenage girl, were killed in Ward 61 of Howrah near Belur in two separate incidents. Two others were electrocuted when a tree fell on overhead electric wires and the wires crashed on them.

More than a dozen people were also injured in different parts of the state after branches of trees fell on them and some in wall collapses.