Burdwan: Eight persons were killed and 14 injured when a nor’wester hit a number of south Bengal districts on Saturday afternoon.
Lightning strikes claimed seven lives in East and West Burdwan districts of West Bengal. Four were killed at Mongolkot, Galsi, Ausgram and Purbasthali in East Burdwan, while the toll was three in West Burdwan district — one in Jamuria and two in Salanpur.
One person was killed when an uprooted tree fell on him at Para in Purulia district, while 10 persons were injured.
The other districts hit by the nor’wester were Birbhum, Bankura and Murshidabad, Nadia, Howrah, Hooghly and Kolkata. Officials said a large number of trees were either uprooted or their branches broke as a squall accompanied by a thundershower hit the districts.
As a result, train services of both Eastern and South Eastern Railways were badly hit with a number of trains delayed. Airport sources said flights were also affected in the thunderstorm this evening.
The IPL match between KKR and MI at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata was delayed due to the nor’wester.
Heatstroke deaths taking a toll in Odisha with the third one being from Angul. The two others had died in Balangir and Bargarh districts, the Special Relief Commissioner’s office said. Meanwhile, most parts of north India, including the national capital, reeled under intense heat conditions with the maximum temperature of Delhi settling at 41.8 degrees Celsius.
The searing heat intensified in most parts of Odisha with Titlagarh being the hottest place in the state at 44.5 degrees Celsius, the MeT office said.