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Eight killed in West Bengal storm

Kolkata At least eight people were killed in the storm that lashed parts of West Bengal on Wednesday evening, an official said in Kolkata on Thursday.

While three deaths were reported from the state capital Kolkata and adjoining districts on Wednesday, five more deaths were reported from other parts of the state on Thursday.

The state government has announced a compensation of Rs.200,000 to the victims' next of kin, an official said.

The storm lashed Kolkata and other districts with a maximum wind speed of 116 km per hour, disrupting normal life as road, rail and air services were badly hit.

Locally known as Nor'wester, the storm also uprooted hundreds of trees. A number of wall collapse incidents were reported from various parts of the city and the state.
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