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One dies in Tuesday’s storm

Raiganj/Calcutta, April 3: A 40-year-old was killed when his house in North Dinajpur’s Sitgram collapsed on Tuesday night after a storm. Agriculture director S D Chatterjee today said in Writers’ Buildings that four blocks of the district were affected and crops worth Rs 31.73 crore were damaged.

“The four blocks are Raiganj, Hemtabad, Kaliagunj and Karandighi. Of them, Karandighi with 84 mouzas is the most affected,” Chatterjee said.

The government will send relief kits of jute, fertiliser, borough paddy and vegetables, said the agriculture director. “The district administration has also asked for loans to buy seeds. We will inform them about it once we take the decision,” he added.

Bindol, which is adjacent to Sitgram, 11km from here, had hailstones the size of cricket balls raining on it.

The extension officer of Hemtabad Sericulture Farm, Sandeep Barman, said 18 acres of mulberry plants have been affected. The mulberry leaves are fed to the silkworms.

According to Barman, there are over 40,000 silkworm eggs in the farm. But the larvae coming out of them will probably die, as they would have nothing to eat.

Civil defence minister Srikumar Mukherjee said over phone from Calcutta that he would see to it that mulberry leaves were sent from the adjoining districts.

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