West Bengal: Storm kills 4 in Jalpaiguri, leaves 200 injured; several houses damaged

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Jalpaiguri: A major thunderstorm wreaked havoc in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri on Sunday. It left at least 4 people dead and 200 injured, according to reports coming in from the state.

Storm leaves houses, electricity poles damaged

The police said that several houses were completely damaged in the storm, while several electric poles were also uprooted. Strong winds blew in the district headquarter town and also in Mainaguri, which is some distance away. The police said that some areas where the storm caused major damage were Rajarhat, Barnish, Bakali, Jorpakdi, Madhabdanga and Saptibari.

The dead were identified as 52-year-old Dijendra Narayan Sarkar, Anima Burman (45), Jagen Roy (72) and Samar Roy (64). The state disaster management personnel have been called in and rescue and relief operations are being carried out, said an official.

It was also learnt that several people had to be rushed to hospital. Pictures coming in from the state showed several damaged houses and distraught people trying to gather whatever little they could salvage from the debris.

Mamata Banerjee’s tweet

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took cognizance of the tragedy. She took to ‘X’ to express her condolences to the people affected by the storm and expressed sadness at the loss of lives in the tragedy.

The CM tweeted, “Sad to know that sudden heavy rainfall and stormy winds brought disasters today afternoon in some Jalpaiguri-Mainaguri areas, with loss of human lives, injuries, house damages, uprooting of trees and electricity poles etc.”

Sad to know that sudden heavy rainfall and stormy winds brought disasters today afternoon in some Jalpaiguri-Mainaguri areas, with loss of human lives, injuries, house damages, uprooting of trees and electricity poles etc.

District and block administration, police, DMG and QRT…

— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) March 31, 2024

She said that teams of the block administration, police, DMG and QRT swung into action for disaster management. She said that those affected are being moved to safer places. The CM also announced compensation for the next of kin of those who died in the tragedy and ex-gratia for those who were injured. She made it clear that all rules under the Model Code of Conduct will be followed in granting compensation. She pledged full support to those affected by the storm.

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