20 dead in lightning in Bengal | Calcutta News
Nine people have each died in Murshidabad and Hooghly districts and two of their lives in Purba Medinipur district, the official said.
Three other people were injured in lightning in Murshidabad district and were admitted to Jangipur hospital, he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the deaths and approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the closest relatives of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
In a tweet, Modi said: “My thoughts are with all those who have lost their loved ones to lightning strikes in parts of West Bengal. May the injured recover as soon as possible.”
The prime minister’s office said in a tweet: “PM @narendramodi approved an ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to lightning in various parts West Bengal 50,000 rupees would be given to the wounded.
PM @narendramodi approved an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have… https://t.co/tE9gbxAOCz
– PMO India (@PMOIndia) 1623078666000
Union Home Secretary Amit Shah also expressed condolences to the lightning deaths and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured.
Thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds occurred in several districts of South Bengal in the evening after a sweltering day, the Met Department said.
Purba Medinipur, South 24 Parganas, Kolkata, Hooghly, Howrah, Murshidabad, Purulia, Bankura and Nadia experienced thunderstorms as pre-monsoon showers occurred in several places in these districts.
Kolkata, which recorded a daytime high of 37.7 degrees Celsius, received 12mm of rain in the evening, the meteorological office said.
A gust passed over Alipore Observatory in the city at 4:25 p.m. from the northwest with the highest gust of 59 km / h and lasted for two minutes, he said.
The meteorological office predicted mostly cloudy skies in and around Calcutta on Tuesday with the possibility of rain or thunderstorms.
The monsoon having settled in North Bengal, heavy to very heavy rains are expected in the sub-Himalayan districts of Darjeeling and Alipurduar, and heavy rains are expected in Coochbehar, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri until Wednesday morning, he indicated.