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West Bengal: 6 people die due to thunderstorm amid heavy rains after days of heat wave

Six people were killed in thunderstorms in south Bengal on Monday after the state witnessed significant rainfall in the districts. The sudden change in weather was seen as a relief from long-term heat waves. However, the severe weather resulted in damage to infrastructure and even affected flight services in the state.

Due to heavy rains and thunder, six people, including a married couple, died in several districts of south Bengal, PTI reported, citing a Disaster Management Department official. The top districts in Bengal that suffered extensive damage due to thunderstorms were Nadia, Purulia and Purba Bardhaman districts.

Impact of rainfall on train services

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Suburban train services on the Sealdah-Canning line of Eastern Railway’s Sealdah division were affected for more than an hour after plantain leaves fell on an overhead electrical pull wire during a thunderstorm, an official said.

Train services were affected from 8pm to 9.15pm, he said.

A few flights to Calcutta from other destinations had to be diverted due to bad weather. Airports Authority of India (AAI) sources said the bad weather forced three inbound flights to Kolkata – two from Delhi and one from Bagdogra – to be diverted to other airports. , they said.

A flight from Kolkata to Ranchi had to return to the parking lot as it failed to take off amid thunderstorms, the sources said.

The Met department has forecast thunderstorms in the region until May 10.

From Monday afternoon, several districts of south Bengal received moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied by gusty winds, causing a significant drop in temperatures.

The weather bureau said a cyclonic circulation over south Jharkhand and strong moisture intrusion from the Bay of Bengal will cause thunderstorms with lightning and gusty winds in several districts of West Bengal.

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