Cyclone Amphan causes widespread destruction in Bengal, Odisha

Saturday, 23 May, 2020

"There have been casualties".

The state Minister for Disaster Management Enamur Rahman told media on Thursday that the cyclone also caused death of at least 10 people across the country.

"I haven't seen a disaster of this magnitude". With the governor and the chief minister, an aerial survey was done. In Bangladesh, at least 12 people lost their lives, private broadcaster Somoy TV reported.

Reuters Television footage shot in West Bengal showed upturned boats on the shore, people wading through knee-deep water and buses crashed into each other.

"Our two aircraft parked at Kolkata airport have not been damaged, there is some damage to the hangar", Air India said.

More than 100,000 houses were destroyed and almost 125,000 hectors of crops land was damaged, according to a primary assessment by the country's disaster management and relief ministry. The department said it expects the cyclone to progressively weaken as it continues to travel northeast over Bangladesh and warned of ongoing thunderstorms. "For the time being, we would request people to stay indoors", Kolkata Mayor and state minister Firhad Hakim said.

"We are facing greater damage and devastation than the CoVID-19", Ms Banerjee said.

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Wednesday asked the district collectors to submit cyclone Amphan damage assessment reports within 48 hours.

Cyclone Amphan leading to strong winds with speed up to 125 kmph per hour upturned cars in West Bengal and also left trees, electricity poles were torn off and blocking roads.

More than 2.6 million people from both countries fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation made all the more challenging by the pandemic.

The prime minister undertook an aerial survey of the vast swamp that many districts have turned into, after the cyclone dumped copious rain on Wednesday and the accompanying winds flattened homes, bludgeoned massive trees to the ground like matchsticks, and plunged city after city into darkness.

"I would request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come and visit Cyclone Amphan-affected areas", Banerjee said.

Officials said that thousands of people have been left homeless in North and South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts due to the cyclone that wreaked havoc last night.

Meanwhile, 22 Opposition parties issued a joint resolution calling on the Centre to declare the cyclone a national calamity, PTI reported.