Thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds and rainfall were recorded in parts of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha on Tuesday. At least ten persons were killed and several others were injured in Bengal after strong winds of up to 98 km per hour hit the city and adjoining areas, news agency IANS reported.
According to the metrological office, a norwester — a seasonal storm common in this part of the world — with gale speed of 84 km per hour hit the city and other south Bengal districts around 7:42 pm. Another storm struck Kolkata and adjoining districts with a wind speed of upto 98 km soon after 7:55 pm.
While four deaths were reported in the capital, one died in Bankura district and the remaining four in Howrah district, police said. One death was reported in Hooghly district.
In Kolkata, two persons who were travelling in an autorickshaw, died on Lenin Sarani when a tree fell on the vehicle. One person was killed when a house collapsed in 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 said. One person died after being struck by lighting in Indus of Bankura district. Electrocution claimed one life in Hooghly district.
Metro services were disrupted for over two hours after uprooted trees halted train movement between Belgachia and Dum Dum stations, among other areas, in the capital. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation pressed into service a disaster management team to clear the debris. Eastern and South Eastern Railway sources said suburban train services in Sealdah and Howrah divisions were affected as overhead wires snapped during the storm.
Airport authorities took to Twitter to warn passengers against possible flight delays. It said, “Thunderstorm & rain warning at Kolkata by Met Dept upto 9:30 pm. Flights are likely to be disrupted. Please check with your concerned airline for updates.”
Thunderstorm & Rain warning at Kolkata by Met Dept upto 9:30 pm.
Flights are likely to be disrupted. Pls check with your concerned airline for updates.
— Kolkata Airport (@aaikolairport) April 17, 2018
Mobile and Internet services were hit with the storm snapping overhead wires and damaging mobile towers. Two mobile towers in Uttarpara and Hindmotor of Hooghy district gave way, throwing vehicular traffic off-gear.
Meanwhile, dust storm along with squally winds were witnessed in most areas of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Goa. Rains with gusty surface winds lashed both Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in the evening, a day after mercury levels hovered above the 40 degree Celsius mark in most of Odisha.
The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted more rainfall in West Bengal while clear and dry weather for Jharkhand and Bihar on Wednesday. According to the weather department, thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail are expected over the Gangetic Bengal and Odisha for the next two days.
(With agency inputs)