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Cyclone 'Aila' lashes Kolkata with rains, lightening
Strong winds blowing at 100 kilometres per hour lashed Kolkata as Cyclone 'Aila' hit coastal West Bengal on Monday afternoon. Train services have been suspended, schools closed and thousands of people have been evacuated from coastal regions
STRONG WINDS accompanied by lightening and thunderstorms lashed Calcutta for two hours as Cyclone Aila hit coastal West Bengal on Monday afternoon.

Heavy rainfall was witnessed in Calcutta city, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, East and West Midnapore, which brought the life to standstill in the storm affected areas.

Two people are reported to have been killed as strong winds lashed the metropolitan.

Wind blowing at 100 kilometres per hour uprooted a large number of tress and electricity poles leading to power failure in many areas of Calcutta. A large number of signboards were lying broken, power cables snapped and roads blocked as a strong squall crushed things in its way.

Metro services have also been severely affected as some of the stations were inundated in the downpour. Reports said that train services have also been suspended as rail track was submerged under water in many places.

Police officials in city have advised the schools to close as soon as possible and also asked daily commuters to return the safety of their homes. Red alert has also been sounded in many areas and warning has been issued to people asking them to avoid going out during the storm.

Several thousand people in coastal areas have also been evacuated particularly from Sagar Islands, Sunderbans and Digha.

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