Thundersqual hits WB, one dead

Kolkata: A woman was killed and nine persons were injured in the metropolis and its adjoining areas on Tuesday as torrential rains triggered by a Nor`wester hit four south Bengal districts, disrupting flights and train services.

Khukurani Bhuniya (36) died and her teenaged daughter Rina was seriously injured as a wall of their house collapsed during heavy rain in Gobindapur Abad village under Pathar Pratima police station in South 24 Parganas district, police said.

Six policemen and two passersby were injured when a police van skidded and overturned during a downpour near Alipore Zoo in the city, they said. The injured were taken to state-run SSKM hospital.

The policemen were on their way to join duty from the Alipore Bodyguard Line when the accident occurred.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport authorities said 15 flights were delayed by about 15 to 20 minutes on an average due to rain and thunderstorms as Dum Dum area, where it is located, was hit by a 50-60 kmph squall.

Pilots were earlier cautioned about the bad weather conditions, airport sources said. .
Three Kolkata-bound flights have also been diverted — two to Bhubaneswar and one to Dhaka, the sources said

None of the scheduled 10 flights was able to take-off or land at the airport for 30 minutes last evening due to another Nor`wester, they said.

Commuters were inconvenienced due to power failure in the overhead wire for over an hour between Sonarpur and Canning stations on Eastern Railway`s Sealdah South section during the storm this evening, Railway sources said.

They said at least five trains were detained between Gamaria and Sini stations on the Tatanagar section in Jharkhand this evening due to the storm. Besides the city, the Nor`wester lashed most parts of the districts like North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Nadia.