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Storm hits West Bengal, seven dead

kolkata Updated: May 03, 2009 23:24 IST
HT correspondent

A nor’wester hit West Bengal on Sunday claiming seven lives, official sources said.

Four persons were killed in Malda district’s Kaliachak II Block and Manikchak Block when uprooted trees fell on them, while three others were electrocuted, BDO C. Pramanik said. Also 15 labourers were injured when they were struck by lightning in Burdwan district.

The nor’wester struck the city and brought relief from the gruelling heat. However, the relief came at a cost as the squall uprooted trees, disrupted train services and campaign trails. A helicopter, carrying Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to a rally in Nadia district had to return to N.S.C. Bose Airport here shortly after take-off owing to the inclement weather.

A weather official said: “The squall lasted only for a minute. The windspeed during the squall reached more than 80 km per hour and temperature dropped by 6.6 degrees Celsius.”

With PTI inputs