72 people died in West Bengal due to Cyclone Amphan: CM Mamata Banerjee

72 people died in West Bengal due to Cyclone Amphan: CM Mamata Banerjee

Dhaka: Cyclone ‘Amphan’, which battered West Bengal earlier than heading in the direction of Bangladesh, has killed not less than 72 individuals within the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned on Thursday. Out of the full 72 deaths, 15 of them had been from Kolkata, the Chief Minister mentioned.

”72 individuals have died in West Bengal up to now. I’ve by no means seen such a catastrophe earlier than. I’ll ask PM Modi to go to the state and see the scenario,” West Bengal Chief Minister mentioned. She additionally introduced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for these killed within the state attributable to Cyclone Amphan.

The West Bengal Chief Minister, who has been monitoring the scenario at state secretariat Nabanna since Tuesday evening, mentioned the influence of Amphan was “worse than coronavirus”.

The cyclone ravaged Kolkata and a number of other elements of West Bengal because it left behind a path of destruction by uprooting bushes, destroying hundreds of houses and swamping low-lying areas of the state. The cyclone barrelled by coastal districts of North and South 24 Paraganas of Bengal, unleashing copious rain and windstorm, blowing away thatched homes, uprooting bushes, electrical poles and swamping low mendacity cities and villages, the officers mentioned.

As per reviews, over 5,000 homes had been destroyed in North 24 Parganas alone, whereas many bushes lay uprooted and infrastructure broken in Kolkata. The cellular and web companies had been additionally down because the cyclone had broken a number of communication towers. Streets and houses in low mendacity areas of Kolkata had been swamped with rainwater.

 The Ministry of Home Affairs shall be sending groups to hold out an early evaluation of damages and submit a report, the Union Government mentioned on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the cyclone made landfall at 2.30 PM between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya island in Bangladesh, flattening fragile dwellings, uprooting bushes and electrical poles.

The Cyclone ‘Amphan’ began crossing the Bangladesh coast round 5 pm on Wednesday packing a wind pace of round 160 to 180-kph rising to 200-kph inside 80-km of its middle, meteorologist Abdul Mannan mentioned.

Officials consider that the world’s largest mangrove forest, shared each by India and Bangladesh, Sundarbans absorbed the main influence of the killer storm. The Cyclone Amphan additionally wreaked havoc in Bangladesh, killing not less than 10 individuals, devastating coastal villages, inundating many areas, and damaging scores of homes, officers mentioned on Thursday.

Cyclone ‘Amphan’, the strongest to hit the area in almost twenty years, was probably the most highly effective storm since Cyclone ‘Sidr’ killed almost 3,500 individuals in 2007.

The cyclone is prone to transfer additional in a north-northeasterly path and weaken step by step, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department has mentioned. Bangladesh shifted over 20 lakh individuals to storm shelters and deployed the navy to take care of the highly effective cyclone.

Leading world storm tracker AccuWeather had on Tuesday described Amphan as the primary tremendous cyclone within the Bay of Bengal since 1999.

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