7th June, 2021
20 people died and 14 were injured due to thunderstorms in various districts of Bengal on Monday evening. According to the information received, nine each have died in Murshidabad and Hooghly districts and two in Paschim Medinipur district. Eight of the injured are from Murshidabad and six from Hooghly. They have been admitted to various hospitals, where the condition of some is said to be critical.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have expressed grief over these incidents. The Prime Minister tweeted, 'My condolences to those who lost their loved ones in the thunderstorms in different parts of Bengal. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.
At the same time, the Union Home Minister said- 'The incidents of death of people due to lightning in different districts of Bengal are very sad. My condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.
Five people have died due to lightning in the Khanakul and Goghat areas of the Hooghly district. In the same district, four people have lost their lives due to lightning in Tarakeswar, Haripal, and Singur areas. Lightning also wreaked havoc at various places in Murshidabad and claimed nine lives.
On the other hand, due to rain, people of different districts including Kolkata have got relief from the sultry heat. According to the information received from Alipore Meteorological Office, on June 11, a low-pressure area will arise in the north of the Bay of Bengal. With the same low pressure, Monsoon rains will knock over Bengal.
According to the Meteorological Office, monsoon will be normal across the country this year, although some districts of Bengal, Bihar, and Assam may receive slightly less than normal rains. In Kolkata, since Monday afternoon, dark clouds started rolling in the sky, and in a while, it started raining with thunder. During this, strong winds blew. Earlier throughout the day people were troubled by the sultry heat. Thunderstorms also lashed some districts, causing damage to some houses. Significantly, after the cyclone 'Yas', the period of sultry summer had started in Bengal. People were getting drenched in sweat in Kolkata. The temperature was also increasing day by day. People have got some relief from this rain before the arrival of the monsoon.
Category: India: West Bengal