Rain kills 10, injures 28 in Kolkata

Rain kills 10, injures 28  in Kolkata

Pre-monsoon showers have been lashing South Bengal since late Friday, bringing much-needed relief to the region that saw sporadic rainfall in the past week.

 Thundershowers on Saturday, however, claimed at least 10 lives and injured several others.

While rainfall is likely to continue for the next couple of days, the onset of monsoon could be slightly late, the regional Meteorological department predicted.

Senior officials in the Met department office in Kolkata said that the state experienced rainfall ranging from 30 mm to 50 mm since Saturday morning. “The pre-monsoon showers are due to fast cloud formation. There will be few spells of thundershowers in South Bengal for the next two-to-three days. North Bengal will also have brief spells of rain,” a senior official said.

On Saturday, light-to-medium rainfall was recorded across South Bengal, including Kolkata. The state administration reported that since Saturday morning, 10 people died across the state due to lightning strikes and 28 others were injured, with some of the casualties being in critical condition.

While five persons were killed in the Murshidabad district, two others were killed in Burdwan. Most of them were farmers working in the field and daily wage labourers working on different projects under MGNREGA.

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