No immediate respite for West Bengal as more showers likely

A tree uprooted at Jorabagan Police Station during rain and storm that hit Kolkata

The state government declared a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. One death was reported from Bankura and another from Hooghly. Unconfirmed sources, though, said that the death toll is around 13.

Banerjee said 230 houses were totally or partially damaged and 225 electric poles and 255 trees were uprooted by the storms which hit the city and southern districts with a gale speed of almost km per hour. I myself worked till late hours.

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"The administration worked through the night to control the damage". One death was reported from Andul road when an electric pole fell on a person who was riding a two-wheeler. "We will provide all aids and relief necessary to the affected", she said.

Eight people were killed and several others got injured after strong winds of up to 98 km per hour hit Kolkata and its adjoining areas on early Wednesday morning. Traffic was disrupted on Strand Road and surrounding areas after trees fell.

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Damaged vehicle and uprooted trees in Kolkata. As many as 56 villages in South 24 Parganas were badly affected, they added. The disaster management department is also asked to send teams to affected districts, said state secretariat officials.

Departure and arrival of some flights, too, were delayed because of the weather. "No flight was diverted", airport director Atul Dixit told The Indian Express.

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Train schedules and services in Sealdah and Howrah divisions were also disrupted due to snapped overhead wires. Thunder squall and hail with a wind speed reaching between 50-60 km per hour are likely to occur at isolated places over all districts of sub Himalayan region in the next two days, Met sources said.

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