The Norwester on Wednesday night created havoc in the southern districts of West Bengal claiming eight lives and destroying standing crops. Three deaths were reported from South 24-Parganas,followed by two each in West Midnapore and Howrah,and one in Burdwan district,official sources said.
The state is unlikely to get relief from the seasonal storm as the Meteorological Department has issued a fresh warning that south Bengal is likely to bear the brunt of another spell of the Norwester in the next 24 hours. Unlike yesterdays storm which hit Kolkata and its adjoining parts,velocity of the wind in the next 24 hours is predicted to be around 70-80 km per hour, said a senior official of the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore.
The storm caused widespread damage to the crops according to a preliminary estimate by the government.