Not less than 26 individuals had been killed in lightning strikes in varied components of West Bengal on Monday, a state catastrophe administration official mentioned. As many as Eleven individuals died in Hooghly district, 9 in Murshidabad and two individuals died every in Bankura, East Midnapore, and West Midnapore districts respectively.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths and permitted an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh every for the subsequent of kin of these killed and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
In a tweet, Modi mentioned, “My ideas are with all those that misplaced their close to and pricey ones as a consequence of lightning in components of West Bengal. Might the injured get better on the earliest.”
The Prime Minister’s Workplace mentioned in a tweet, “PM @narendramodi has permitted an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh every from the PMNRF for the subsequent of kin of those that have misplaced their lives as a consequence of lightning in varied components of West Bengal. Rs. 50,000 could be given to the injured.”
Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah additionally condoled the deaths as a consequence of lightning strikes and prayed for the speedy restoration of those that had been injured.
Thunderstorms with lightning and gusty wind occurred in a number of districts of south Bengal within the night after a sweltering day, the Met division mentioned.
Purba Medinipur, South 24 Parganas, Kolkata, Hooghly, Howrah, Murshidabad, Purulia, Bankura and Nadia skilled thunderstorms as pre-monsoon showers occurred in a number of locations of those districts.
Kolkata, which recorded a excessive of 37.7 levels Celsius throughout the day, obtained 12 mm of rainfall within the night, the climate workplace mentioned.
A squall handed over the Alipore observatory within the metropolis at four.25 pm from the northwesterly course with the very best gust of 59 kmph and it lasted for 2 minutes, it mentioned.
The climate workplace forecast a usually cloudy sky in Kolkata and neighbourhood on Tuesday with the potential for rain or thundershowers.
With the monsoon having set in north Bengal, heavy to very heavy rain is prone to happen within the sub-Himalayan districts of Darjeeling and Alipurduar, and heavy rain is anticipated in Coochbehar, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri until Wednesday morning, it mentioned.
(With PTI Inputs)