In a tragic incident at least eight people were killed as thunderstorms lashed Kolkata and other south Bengal districts on Tuesday. Five of the deaths happened due to lightning strikes.
Bengal witness heavy rainfall which lead Kolkata’s roads waterlogged along with that cloudbursts also occurred in parts of the districts of North 24 Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad, Bankura, PurbaBardhaman, PaschimMedinipur, Birbhum and Purulia.
Also a hailstorm, destroyed crops worth lakhs of rupees in Malda district. Jute and Bodo paddy were severely damaged in areas such as Chanchal, Gajole, Habibpur and Bamangola.
A windstorm passed over the city’s Alipore area at 1.55 pm with the highest squall of 54 km per hour (29 knots), it lasted one minute. About 102 mm of rainfall was recorded in Alipore. Dum Dum recorded 96 mm of rainfall and Salt Lake 116 mm.
Over 100 mm of rainfall was recorded in the Kolkata which led to waterlogging. It takes 2-3 hours for the water to recede. If there is high tide then it will take more time.