A Met Official said,
"We had a thick column of cloud, fed by moisture from the region, that sailed southward lashing all the districts that came in its path. The cloud reached a height of 12 km and triggered frequent lightning strikes that turned out to be fatal.”
Source: Hindustan Times.
Around 27 people were killed across South Bengal districts in lightning strikes with Hooghly alone accounting for 11 deaths and Murshidabad nine.
Two were killed in West Midnapore, East Midnapore and Bankura, and one in Nadia. Amongst them were there deceased women.
The lethal lightning strikes were triggered by a combination of factors, a ‘surface trough’ between east Uttar Pradesh and the northeast Bay of Bengal and a squall line stretching across Burdwan, Nadia, Murshidabad, and Midnapore led to storms across South Bengal even as clouds floating in from Bangladesh further strengthened the system.
Source : Twitter.
Including PM Narendra Modi, sent his condolences to the victims’ families and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. The injured will receive Rs 50,000 from the PM’s fund.
The state government announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to be given to each of the deceased and asked the district administrations to reach out to the affected families. Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress national general secretary, will visit the homes of the victims in four districts as soon as possible.
Home minister Amit Shah tweeted,
“The loss of lives due to lightning in different parts of West Bengal is deeply saddening.”