With the onset of monsoons, the weather changed and heavy rains lashed the states of West Bengal, Bihar and Assam on Monday. Extreme levels of rainfall were recorded in several districts of Bengal and unprecedented thunderstorms. Dozens of people lost their lives in lightning strikes alone.
Heavy rains lashed across Bengal on Monday evening, causing heavy casualties. The lightning killed 23 people and injured a large number of people. Heavy thunderstorms and heavy rains lashed several districts, including Kolkata in South Bengal. A total of 23 people were killed in lightning strikes in Murshidabad, 10 in Hooghly, two each in West Midnapore and Howrah districts.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed deep concern over the high death toll from lightning in Bengal. Condolences to the families of those who died. Modi expressed hope that the injured would recover quickly. According to the Alipore Meteorological Office in Bengal, a low pressure area is expected north of the Bay of Bengal on June 11. The monsoon rains fall on Bengal at the same low pressure.
The capital city was plunged into darkness as clouds cleared over Kolkata city on Monday afternoon. It rained with strong winds. In some districts, thunderstorms caused damage to houses in several areas. After Typhoon ‘Yas’, a mild summer season began in Bengal, leaving people drenched in sweat. The temperature was also rising day by day. The people felt some relief as the rains subsided before the monsoons arrived.
At total of 23 people have lost their lives in three districts due to lightning in South Bengal. Since afternoon, Kolkata, too, witnessed thunderstorm and heavy showers. Nine have lost their lives in Murshidabad, 10 in Hooghly, two in Howrah and two in West Midnapore district. The Prime Minister in a tweet said: “My thoughts are with all those who lost their near and dear ones due to lightning in parts of West Bengal. May the injured recover at the earliest.”