Today evening, due to the heavy rain and lighting strike a man and 15 others were injured at Kolkata’s iconic Victoria Memorial Complex. Because of the heavy rain, the city along with flight operations was disrupted.
All the people were under a tree which was struck by lightning. The injured were immediately taken to the nearby SSKM hospital. The man who died in the incident was identified as Subir Pal and he was in his thirty. He came to visit Victoria Memorial Complex with his wife and his two-year-old daughter.
The heavy downpour started near about 3:30 pm and continued for 30 minutes but the intensity of the rain was very high and it left the city paralyzed for hours. The flights scheduled between 3.40 pm to 4:00 pm could not take off due to low visibility caused by heavy rain, said an official.
All over the city, water-logging led to traffic jams which caused inconvenience to locals. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has set up control rooms to oversee the situation.
Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim has regret over the death of the man and said, “We had very heavy rains for half an hour. It has caused waterlogging in many places. We have put the pumps to work to pump out the water. The rains have now eased. If it stays this way, things should be back to normal later tonight.”
The weather department has forecast heavy rain today and tomorrow in West Bengal as a cyclonic circulation developing over Bangladesh. “We have issued alerts to fishermen not to go out to sea for 48 hours,” D Banik from the Met department said.