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Storm toll 25

March 13: At least 25 people were killed in the storm that lashed south Bengal yesterday. The toll in Hooghly district alone was 20.

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said in the Assembly today Arambagh in Hooghly and Joypur and Kotolpur in Bankura were the worst affected. In its trail, the hail storm left 28,000 houses damaged.

Relief minister Hafiz Alam Sairani said there was a warning that a storm would pass over Nadia, Murshidabad and Malda “but the storm was at its fiercest in Hooghly, Bankura and parts of Howrah and North 24-Parganas.

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