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West Bengal: Thunderstorm hits Kolkata and other districts, a week after Cyclone Amphan

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28th May, 2020 12:35 IST

High-speed winds and rain hit Kolkata and several other parts of West Bengal on Wednesday even as the state is still emerging from the destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan. The storm, locally known as “kalbaisakhi”, uprooted several trees and hindered the movement of traffic in several parts of the Kolkata.

The Indian Meteorological Department said the wind packed a speed of 96 kilometres per hour at 6.23 pm on Wednesday. The wind, accompanied by moderate rain, also passed over Purulia, West Midnapore, Birbhum, Howrah and Hooghly districts, the weather office added. One person died in a lightning strike at Durgapur in West Burdwan district during the storm.

The disaster response team rushed to Jatin Das street in South Kolkata as two huge trees crashed on parked cars, NDTV reported. At Telengabagan in North Kolkata, civic authorities had to move residents to a community hall amid the risk on an old tree falling on houses.

Cyclone Amphan, the strongest storm on record in the Bay of Bengal, ripped through West Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh...

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