Thunderstorm and rain lashed the Eden Gardens, causing the roof of a makeshift venue operating centre to collapse.
Kolkata: Thunderstorm and rain lashed the Eden Gardens - venue of the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers - here on Tuesday, causing the roof of a makeshift venue operating centre to collapse, which injured some of the spectators.
The temporary operating centre was enacted to seat policemen and IMG officials but heavy wind followed by rain caused the roof of the structure to come off. The storm also uprooted a hoarding at the 'J' block of the stadium.
"Two spectators, Sambhu Prasad and Om Prakash Barui, were injured after the venue operating management box collapsed on them. They have been shifted to a hospital. Disaster management and police personnel are at the site," Assistant Commissioner of Police Deepak Kumar Dutta said.
The MeT department had predicted a thunder squall with wind speed reaching between 40 and 50 kmph.
Former Zimbabwe player Pommie Mbangawa, who is part of the IPL commentary team, also tweeted about the damage caused by the storm. "Part of a stand has fallen and there might be some injuries. Not sure yet but doesn't look good #Eden Gardens."
According to reports, a tent belonging to the Mohun Bagan Football Club was also reported to be damaged as the match remains suspended, with the chances of it commencing being second only to none.