Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this article

Home > News > PTI

Seventeen killed in Bengal nor'wester

March 13, 2003 16:41 IST

Seventeen people were killed and hundreds injured in the season's first nor'wester, which lashed south Bengal on Wednesday night.

In Bankura district, where extensive hailstorm was reported, three persons were killed and more than 500 hurt, District Magistrate G A Khan said.

Some of the hailstones weighed around 1.5-2kg.

The 80kmph hailstorm left a trail of destruction, flattening mud houses, destroying crops and uprooting trees, electric poles and telephone posts.

The administration rushed in tarpaulins, food and a medical team, Khan said.

In Hooghly district, nine were killed and 20 injured, some of them seriously, when a big tree fell near the Alipur Primary School in Chanditala police station area, police said.

Lightening killed four in Chanditala, the police said.

A rickshawpuller was electrocuted in Howrah district, the police said.

More reports from West Bengal
© Copyright 2006 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.
Share your comments


Copyright 2006 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.