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12 killed by lightning in Bengal districts

Publication Date : 01-06-2014


Heavy showers and lightning yesterday claimed 12 lives and left at least 26 injured in different parts of West Bengal.

The India Meteorological Department has predicted more rains throughout the state, including  Kolkata, in the next 48 hours.

Of the nine people killed by  lightning, five died in Murshidabad and two each in Burdwan and West Midnapore districts.

In Murshidabad, Abdul Alim Sheikh (30), Soriful Islam (31) and Safiqul Islam (28) at Hariharpara were working in jute fields while Kanchan Das (38) and Rejabul Sheikh (55) of Raghunathganj were in a mango orchard when lightning struck them. Several hutments were destroyed in a thunderstorm.

In West Midnapore, two teenage girls died and as many as 26 people were injured after lightning struck different parts of the district. Chaya Mandi (12) and Bharati Mandi (13) of Gobindapur at Ghatal were struck by lightning when they were returning from a ration shop at Irpala. Punna Hansda, a minor boy who was injured, is  admitted at the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital.

At Chandrakona, 25 people were injured, three of them critically, by lightning. They were to join work at Bardastipal when the incident took place. All the injured were admitted to Ghatal hospital; three of them were later shifted to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital.

In Burdwan, one Laxmi Soren (45) was killed by lightning when she was collecting firewood at Nopur village in the Raniganj area. A Trinamul gram panchayat member, Sisir Mondal (64), also died at Sasanga.

In East Midnapore, train services on the Haldia-Mecheda route were disrupted for five hours when the overhead  wire  snapped after a storm.

In Purulia, Dinesh Gope (24), Bhakti Mandol (52) and Digar Kuiry (4) were killed by lightning.


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