After Cyclone Amphan left buildings destroyed, energy traces and roads broken and components of Bengal flooded, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee referred to as it a “disaster”. 12 individuals have died and the rely might go up, she stated final evening at her workplace in Kolkata, the place a management room had been set as much as monitor the cyclone.
“Shorbonash hoye galo (it’s a disaster),” stated Mamata Banerjee, calling the affect of Amphan “worse than coronavirus”.
She used the phrase “tandav (dance of fury)” to explain the affect of the storm, the worst to kind over the Bay of Bengal in years.
“I’m sitting within the battle room. My workplace in Nabanna is shaking. I’m tackling a tough state of affairs on a battle footing,” she stated on Wednesday night.
The cyclone ripped via the coastal districts of North and South 24 Paraganas of Bengal with heavy rain and windstorm, blowing away thatched homes, uprooting timber, electrical poles and flooding low mendacity areas.
Sturdy winds with velocity as much as 125 kmph per hour upturned vehicles in Kolkata and left timber and electrical energy poles torn off and blocking roads.
There was a large energy reduce in giant components of Kolkata, North 24 Paraganas and South Paraganas. The cellular and web providers had been additionally down because the cyclone had broken a number of communication towers.
Parts of a number of decrepit buildings got here crashing down in Kolkata. The Kolkata airport, which had been shut, was left flooded and lots of buildings inside broken.
Visuals confirmed huge waves crashing right into a seawall in Digha and Sunderban area.
“Space after space has been devastated. Communications are disrupted,” stated Ms Banerjee , including that though 5 lakh individuals had been evacuated, state authorities had not solely anticipated the ferocity of the storm.
She estimated that the injury was value Rs one lakh crore.