Thunderstorm claims three lives in state
Among the victims, two were from the two Midnapore districts while the other was from North Bengal. According to the district administrative officials all the victims received injuries when the trees fell on them. They were later declared dead after being taken to the hospital. Many mud houses across the state have been damaged in the thunderstorm. The district administrations are yet to ascertain the extent of the damage caused by the storm. They have not yet divulged the identity of the victims.
Some parts of the state also witnessed rain fall on Wednesday bringing much awaited respite from the excessive summer heat. After having reeled under excessive summer heat for more than a month, the temperature in city and its adjoining areas has dipped by some notches. The city had however received moderate rainfall on Tuesday night, as a result of which the city’s maximum temperature remained at 35 degree Celsius on Wednesday.
The rain coupled with thunderstorm had hit the city and its adjoining areas at around 10 pm on Tuesday and lasted till late night. Though, according to the MeT office the uneasiness and discomfort will not go away as of now, even if the temperature decreases.
Alipore Meteorological office has predicted that various South Bengal districts will receive moderate to heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours. There is also an alert of rainfall in North Bengal districts and a prediction of thunderstorm in the parts of South Bengal in the next 48 hours. According to the weather office there is also a possibility of rain in the poll bound two districts of East Midnapore and Cooch Behar on Thursday when the two districts will go to poll. It brings much awaited respite for the voters who will cast their votes on May 5 in the two districts. On Wednesday, various places in the South and Western parts of the state have received rainfall. The MeT office has predicted that the Norwester may hit the state within the next two days.
One person died in Howrah allegedly due to sun stroke on Tuesday. The weather office has predicted that there will be medium to heavy rainfall on Wednesday in some places in the state. Purulia, Bankura and Murshidanad are likely to get moderate to heavy rainfall on Wednesday. However the discomfort level in the city is not likely to go before 48 hours. The meteorological office in Alipore said that low pressure turf was formed in Jharkhand as a result of which it may rain in some parts of the South Bengal districts. In last 48 hours some parts of the South Bengal and Western districts had already witnessed thunder shower.