10 Killed As Massive Storm Hits West Bengal, Disrupting Rail, Road And Air Traffic

| April 18 , 2018 , 12:54 IST

A total of 10 people were killed across West Bengal as a powerful storm accompanied by rains hit the state on Tuesday night, resulting in trees falling, electric poles getting uprooted and houses also collapsing. As the storm damaged mobile towers and snapped overhead wires, mobile and internet services were also affected.

From the 10 fatalities, 4 people died in Kolkata, 4 people in Howrah district, 1 death from Bankura and 1 more death from Hooghly.

In Kolkata, two people were killed when a tree fell on the autorickshaw they were travelling in near the city centre. One person was killed when a house collapsed in the Anandpur area of western Kolkata and the last person died when a tree fell on his head in the southern outskirts of the town in Behala.

Meanwhile, in the Howrah district, 3 people died in Belur and 1 person in Dumurjola. The fatality in Bankura took place when the victim was struck by lighting and the death in Hooghly took place when the victim was electrocuted.

Due to the storm, trams and trains were halted after their overhead wires snapped. Flight services were affected for almost 2 hours as the NSCBI airport. Suburban train services of the South Eastern Railway and Eastern Railway were also stopped and the Kolkata Metro Railway services were affected as well after a tree fell between two stations, and patients got stuck in a tunnel.