weast bengal information: 72 lifeless in West Bengal: Mamata

KOLKATA | BHUBANESWAR | NEW DELHI: Cyclone Amphan weakened on Thursday, a day after tearing by West Bengal the place 72 individuals had been killed and two districts had been “fully devastated”.

The fiercest cyclone to hit West Bengal in 100 years destroyed mud homes and crops, uprooted timber and electrical poles. It additionally wreaked havoc in Odisha, killing at the least six individuals and damaging energy and telecom infrastructure in a number of coastal districts. Odisha authorities officers estimated the cyclone has affected round 44.eight lakh individuals within the state.

“As far as per the studies now we have obtained, 72 individuals have died within the state… Two districts — North and South 24 Parganas — are fully devastated. We’ve to rebuild these districts from scratch. I’d urge the central authorities to increase all assist to the state,” CM Mamata Banerjee informed reporters after conducting a evaluate assembly with officers.

“I’ll go to the affected areas very quickly. The restoration work will begin quickly. A big a part of North and South 24 Parganas and Kolkata are going through large energy minimize since final night. Even phone and cell connections are down,” she stated.

“I’ve by no means witnessed such a fierce cyclone and destruction in my life. I’d request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return and go to cyclone Amphan-affected areas.”

Later within the night, the PMO in a press release stated PM Modi “will journey to West Bengal and Odisha on Friday to take inventory of the scenario… He’ll conduct aerial surveys and participate in evaluate conferences”. On this difficult hour, all the nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal, the PM stated earlier in day.

Union dwelling minister Amit Shah spoke to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and his West Bengal counterpart and guaranteed them of all central assist. Cupboard Secretary Rajiv Gauba reviewed the scenario with the chief secretaries of the 2 states.

In addition to North and South 24 Parganas and Kolkata, the districts of East Midnapore and Howrah had been the worst hit as parts of a number of dilapidated buildings got here crashing down in a number of locations.

“By no means in my life have I seen a cyclone like this in Bengal,” stated 95-year-old Ashok Roy, a retired faculty instructor in Kolkata visibly shaken by the ferocity of the cyclone.

Senior officers of the West Bengal authorities stated it was too early to estimate the precise loss of life toll or injury to property because the worst hit areas had been nonetheless not accessible.

Giant components of Kolkata and different affected districts went with out energy. Cell and web providers had been additionally disrupted because the fierce cyclone had broken a number of communication towers.

The Indian Meteorological Departmnt stated the cyclone has weakened considerably and moved to Bangladesh the place 10 individuals have been killed. CM Banerjee, who has been monitoring the scenario at state secretariat Nabanna since Tuesday evening, stated the influence of Amphan was “worse than coronavirus”.

“No bridges exist, electrical energy strains have been fully disabled and broken,” Banerjee stated whereas describing the scenario within the worst hit districts.

In a number of shelter properties within the affected districts, individuals had been seen jostling for meals and shelter ignoring the social distancing norms as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. Greater than 5 lakh individuals had been already evacuated to security by the state authorities. Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim stated greater than 14 lakh individuals within the metropolis live with out electrical energy since Wednesday evening.

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