Cyclone Amphan: 12 dead as storm hits Bangladesh coast, restoration work underway in West Bengal

21 May, 2020 | newsx bureau

West Bengal National

Cyclone Amphan: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the impact of Cyclone Amphan was worse than the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, restoration work is underway in West Bengal.

Cyclone Amphan, which is known as the worst storm over the Bay of Bengal, has reportedly killed 12 people in West Bengal as per Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The cyclone made landfall along the coastline of Bangladesh and caused heavy rains with tidal surges up to nine feet. Reports reveal that Amphan crossed West Bengal-Bangladesh coast between Digha and Hatiya between 3:30 to 5:30 pm on Wednesday.

Chief Minister said that the impact of Amphan was worse than coronavirus pandemic in the country and said that damages could be of Rs 1 lakh crore in the state. She further added that although 5 lakh people were evacuated earlier to the storm, the state authorities didn’t anticipate the ferocity of the storm. In Kolkata, strong winds unturned cars and felled trees and electric poles. Moreover, half of the cities were plugged in darkness.

The fatalities were reported from Satkhira, Pirojpur, Patuakhali, Bhola and many more. Daily Star Enamur Rahman, state minister for disaster management and relief said that a total of 24,08,819 people took refuge in 14,636 shelters till 3:00 pm, and more than five lakh cattle were also brought to the shelters. Total of 325 medical teams have been set up by Civil Surgeon’s office to deal with all time of medical emergencies and the authorities have opened 10 control rooms to monitor the loss by the cyclone.

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Currently, road clearance and restoration work by National Disaster Response Force are underway after Amphan hit Bengal on Wednesday. The cyclone over Bangladesh and West Bengal coast moved towards north with a speed of 30 kmph in the last 6 hours.