At least 23 killed
Cyclone Aila spawned from a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal to hit West Bengal on Monday leaving at least 23 people dead and a population of 1.10 lakh affected, before gradually weakening.
The highest number of 14 deaths, according to official sources, was reported from South 24 Parganas district, followed by five in the metropolis and one each in Bankura and Howrah districts.
Unofficial reports, however, put the toll at 26 and the number of affected at over two lakh.
Image: Local people clear branches from a car after the tree fell on it during heavy storm near Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee`s residence in South Kolkata on Monday. (Photograph copyright PTI. Unauthorised reproduction is prohibited.)