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Monday, May 28, 2012

Shower Brings Respite, Lightning Kills Three in Malda

Malda, 27 May: Though there was long prayed respite from searing heat today after a shower for couple of hours, three persons including a woman and a minor girl were killed by lightning this afternoon in Habibpur block. 

Around two hours shower in the district as considerably abated the heat wave that haunted the district for more than a week. This morning at least 15,000 muslims participated in a ‘namaz’ praying for relief from heat-wave. In Malda town too many people worshipped deities with the same prayer.

Eventually, around 12.30 pm it started raining that continued for about a couple of hours. It has been learnt from district meteorological department that rainfall recorded between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm today was 21.5 milimetre. Mercury prevailed at maximum 36.6 degree Celsius with a maximum humidity of 90 percent. It has also been learnt from the forecast of the state meterorological department that reaches Malda today that it may rain for another two days in Malda.

Pinki Mandal (10) of Kaliachak went to his maternal grandmother Bimala Mandal’s house at Krishnanagar village under Habibpur police station today on occasion of Jamai Sashthi along with his parents. As storm started, Pinki along with Bimala (60) ran to nearby orchard to collect mangoes. But, suddenly they were struck by lightning and died on spot. When they were rushed to Bulbulchandi hospital, doctors declared them brought dead. Pinki’s father Kajal Mandal was grief stricken and not able to speak much.

In a separate incident one Nagen Soren (50) of Lotadanga village of Bulbulchandi gram panchayet under Habibpur block was also killed by lightning while he was in field for cultivation. 

Block development officer (BDO) of Habibpur Avijit Ghosh confirmed that three persons were killed in lightning in his block. Regarding the compensation of the deceased, Ghosh said, “Compensation is granted to the relatives of lightning victims who had their earning. We’ve to see if family members today’s victims of lightning are entitled for compensation.”

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