Three dead, gust disrupts life in Bengal

Three dead, gust disrupts life in Bengal
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Kolkata: Three persons, including a girl, were killed and normal life was disrupted as rains accompanied by thunderstorm lashed Kolkata and other West Bengal districts on Monday, officials said.

A 20-year-old boy died while trying to get down from a jetty at Jhorkhali in South 24-Parganas district, police said.

In Purulia district, the sudden rainfall spoilt a family’s celebration. Pradeep Tantubai, 45, died two others were injured as a canopy collapsed over them.

A 16-year-old girl of Baruipur was struck by lightning. She was declared dead on arrival by a hospital.

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) of Kolkata said squall followed by gusty northwesterly wind occurred for a minute at 03:55 a.m. with speed of 44 kmph, followed by highest gust of 56 kmph at 04:25 a.m.

Various parts of Howrah, 24 Parganas North, 24 Parganas South, East Midnapore and West Midnapore districts reported uprooted trees and electric poles, and damage to shops and other properties.

In Kolkata, arterial rods like Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, Dufferin Road, as also the Maniktala area faced major traffic disruption due to uprooted trees.

The rainfall recorded in the morning was 15.6 mm.

Officials have predicted “thunderstorm with gusty wind and lightning at one or two places in West Bengal” for the next two days.

The state government on Monday asked fishermen not to venture into the deep sea off the Bengal and Odisha coasts and towards the Bangladesh coast due to likelihood of inclement weather on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fishermen in the deep seas have been asked to return to the coast by night.

The maximum recorded temperature in Kolkata was 32.3 degree Celsius and the minimum 19.4 degree celsius.

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