98km/h gale hits Kolkata, a number of timber uprooted

KOLKATA: Strong winds of up to 98 km per hour accompanied by hit the West Bengal capital on Tuesday evening as a northwester swept the city uprooting trees and affecting traffic movement, officials said

“A nor‘wester hit the city with a force of 98 km per hour around 7.42 pm,” Regional Meteorological Director said.

Police said a large number of trees were uprooted across the city, throwing traffic movement out of gear, police said.

Electrical fires were reported from various parts of the metropolis, a fire department official said.

He said that a fire at was brought under control with the help of seven fire tenders.

The official said according to initial reports, a house was damaged owing to the gale in an area under the Karaya police station.

People returning home after work faced traffic jams and snarls.

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