6 Killed In West Bengal Due To Heavy Rains And Lightning Strikes

| June 26 , 2018 , 08:09 IST

A total of 6 people have been killed, 5 from lightning strikes and one from drowning in West Bengal after heavy rains on Monday left various areas waterlogged. Weather forecasts have warned of "heavy to very heavy rainfall" in the northern part of the state over the next five days.

In the North 24 Parganas district, 2 persons died and 8 others were injured while in the South 24 Parganas district, 2 people were killed after being struck by lightning, an official said. In the Purulia district, a boy died due to lightning and in the Cooch Behar district, a youth died from drowning in the Sutunga river.

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The rains affected the services of the Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway as the speeds of the trains had to be reduced due to waterlogging on the tracks.

In Kolkata areas such Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Behala, Khidirpur, Ultadanga and Patipukur witnessed accumulation of water, affecting traffic.

As a result, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation set up a control room to monitor the water logging problems, opening a helpline (2286-1212/2286-1313/2286-1414) for the public to report water logging.

"In the EM Bypass area there was a drainage system which has got choked due to which the area has become waterlogged. I have visited the area along with other officers. We are working on a Detailed Project Report for coming up with a new drainage system and we will arrive at a solution soon," said KMC Mayor-in-Council, drainage, Tarak Singh.