Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the entire nation stands with Bengal and “no stone will be left unturned” to help those affected by yesterday’s devastating cyclone Amphan, that pounded state capital Kolkata for more than four hours yesterday, uprooting trees, knocking down electricity poles, damaging buildings and killing at least 12 people.
“I have been watching visuals from West Bengal, on the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan. In this challenging hour, the entire nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal. I am praying for the well-being of the people of the state. Efforts are on to ensure normalcy,” the Prime Minister tweeted today.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the impact of Amphan was worse than the corona virus pandemic and claimed that the state has incurred damages to the tune of Rs 100000 crore.
Last night, she described the cyclone as a catastrophe. “Sarvanash hoye gelo (this is a catastrophe)…”I am sitting in the war room. My office in Nabanna is shaking. I am tackling a difficult situation on a war footing. The storm is likely to continue till midnight,” Ms Banerjee said in a statement.
This morning, Kolkata looked like a battleground, with felled trees, snarled electric wires and damaged buildings blocking roads. The airstrip in Kolkata airport was waterlogged; two hangers had sustained extensive damages. Many parts of the city suffered power outage, which has still not been restored.
At least two districts – North and South 24 Parganas districts — sustained extensive damages as winds with speed of up to 125 km per hour hit the coastal areas and swept inland.
More than 500000 people had been taken to shelters in Bengal and over 100000 in Odisha.