Three persons were killed on Friday, March 22, 2019 after being struck by lightning in East Burdwan district of West Bengal, as rain and thunderstorms hit Kolkata and other districts, disrupting normal life including train services.
The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) of Kolkata said a squall passed over Kolkata (Alipore) with maximum wind speed of 68 kmph at 5.26 pm, followed by gusty north-westerly wind.
Various parts of Howrah, South and North 24 Parganas, West and East Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia, Hooghly, Nadia districts reported uprooted trees and electric poles, and damage to shops and other properties.
“Train services in the suburbs mainly South division of Sealdah and in Howrah division were disrupted for a short while as a Nor ‘wester ripped through, accompanied by scattered rain,” Eastern Railway officials said.
The sudden rescheduling of trains severely inconvenienced commuters.
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