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.
Out of the 15, seven died in the city and six died in Howrah district. One each in Bankura and Hooghly districts have also died, the police informed. Nearly fifty people have been injured after a wall collapsed during the incidents.
The double squall—the first hit with a speed of 84 kmph at 7.42pm and the second battered the city 16 minutes later with a speed of 98 kmph—and the accompanying rain caught Kolkata entirely unawares as, till about an hour before they hit, the only weather update was about a storm that would hit West Midnapore and probably lash the city with its tail.
Trees were uprooted and electrocution incidents were also reported. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed the chief secretary of the state to look into the matter and prepare a report about the damages and deaths due to the storm that hit the city.
The disaster management department is also asked to send teams to affected districts, said state secretariat officials. The police said that an autorickshaw driver and a woman died when a tree fell on the vehicle on Lenin Sarani.
Two others died after they were taken to the hospital and succumbed to their injuries late last night. Four people in Howrah were electrocuted after they were struck by lightning in Bali and Belur areas. They were among the six people who died in Howrah. The police said that in Dumrujola area of Howrah, a death of a woman has also been reported.