Complaining of tardy relief, hundreds of people hit by a severe nor'wester in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district squatted on national highway and staged demonstrations even as rescue workers retrieved 13 more bodies as the toll in storm-hit areas of Bihar, Assam and West Bengal climbed to 129.
In North Dinajpur, hundreds of victims blocked national highway at Karandighi, the worst-hit block, for about three hours demanding relief materials and tarpaulin sheets.
They also demonstrated outside a panchayat office at Raniganj in the block protesting late arrival of relief.
Admitting there was resentment among the storm-affected people, the Minister said the administration was doing its best to distribute 50,000 tarpaulins to 50 per cent of the affected by tonight and the situation had returned to normal.
Six bodies were found from Purnia district in Bihar taking the toll in the state to 83 and the death count in North Dinajpur rose to 42 with the recovery of three more bodies. Four bodies were found in Assam's Dhubri district on Wednesday.
Of the three bodies found in North Dinapur district, one each was found at Raiganj and Kaliagunj, Civil Defence Minister Srikumar Mukherjee told PTI here from Karandighi block, one of the worst-hit areas.
Regional Meteorological Centre Director G C Debnath said the storm had a windspeed of 80-90 kmph and had the characteristics of a tornado which could only be detected by a Doppler radar, which was unavailable in north Bengal.