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At least four people were killed and more than 100 people injured on Sunday afternoon as a cyclonic storm whipped through West Bengal. Several houses were damaged and trees uprooted as strong winds wreaked havoc across the district headquarters and parts of neighbouring Mainaguri. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has left for the affected area and rescue operations remain underway.

“Sad to know that sudden heavy rainfall and stormy winds brought disasters this afternoon in some Jalpaiguri-Mainaguri areas, with loss of human lives, injuries, house damages, uprooting of trees and electricity poles. District and block administration, police, DMG and QRT teams swung into disaster management operations and provide relief,” tweeted CM Banerjee. 

Affected individuals are now being shifted to safer locations. The CM said that the district administration would also provide compensation to next of kin in the case of the deaths, and the injured as per rules and following the MCC.

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Published: 31 Mar 2024, 08:39 PM IST

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