No stone will be left unturned in helping people affected in Cyclone Amphan, says PM Narendra Modi; West Bengal CM announces ex-gratia for those killed

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No stone will be left unturned in helping people affected in Cyclone Amphan, says PM Narendra Modi; West Bengal CM announces ex-gratia for those killed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asserted that no stone will be left unturned in helping the people affected in Cyclone Amphan, a day after the storm killed 72 people in West Bengal. The cyclone left a trail of destruction in its wake in the state as it was one of the most powerful cyclones in over a decade.

In a series of tweets, PM Modi said that in this challenging hour, the entire nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal. He prayed for the well-being of the people of the state, adding that efforts are on to ensure normalcy.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, PM Modi said, “Have been seeing visuals from West Bengal on the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan. In this challenging hour, the entire nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal. Praying for the well-being of the people of the state. Efforts are on to ensure normalcy.”

He added that the NDRF teams are working in the cyclone-affected parts. “Top officials are closely monitoring the situation and also working in close coordination with the West Bengal government. No stone will be left unturned in helping the affected,” the PM added.

Seeing the visuals on the devastation PM Modi wished that the situation normalises Odisha too at the earliest. “My thoughts are with the people of Odisha as the state bravely battles the effects of Cyclone Amphan. Authorities are working on the ground to ensure all possible assistance to those affected. I pray that the situation normalises at the earliest,” he said.

Cyclone Amphan, which battered West Bengal before heading towards Bangladesh, has killed at least 72 people in the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday. Out of the total 72 deaths, 15 of them were from Kolkata, the Chief Minister said.

”72 people have died in West Bengal so far. I have never seen such a disaster before. I will ask PM Modi to visit the state and see the situation,” West Bengal Chief Minister said. She also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for those killed in the state due to Cyclone Amphan.

The West Bengal Chief Minister, who has been monitoring the situation at state secretariat Nabanna since May 19, said the impact of Amphan was “worse than coronavirus”.

The cyclone ravaged Kolkata and several parts of West Bengal as it left behind a trail of destruction by uprooting trees, destroying thousands of homes and swamping low-lying areas of the state. The cyclone barrelled through coastal districts of North and South 24 Paraganas of Bengal, unleashing copious rain and windstorm, blowing away thatched houses, uprooting trees, electric poles and swamping low lying towns and villages, the officials said.

As per reports, over 5,000 houses were destroyed in North 24 Parganas alone, while many trees lay uprooted and infrastructure damaged in Kolkata. The mobile and internet services were also down as the cyclone had damaged several communication towers. Streets and homes in low lying areas of Kolkata were swamped with rainwater.

 The Ministry of Home Affairs will be sending teams to carry out an early assessment of damages and submit a report, the Union Government said 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 trees and electric poles.

The Cyclone ‘Amphan’ started crossing the Bangladesh coast around 5 pm on Wednesday packing a wind speed of around 160 to 180-kph rising to 200-kph within 80-km of its centre, meteorologist Abdul Mannan said.

Officials believe that the world’s largest mangrove forest, shared both by India and Bangladesh, Sundarbans absorbed the major impact of the killer storm. The Cyclone Amphan also wreaked havoc in Bangladesh, killing at least 10 people, devastating coastal villages, inundating many areas, and damaging scores of houses, officials said on Thursday.

Cyclone ‘Amphan’, the strongest to hit the region in nearly two decades, was the most powerful storm since Cyclone ‘Sidr’ killed nearly 3,500 people in 2007.

The cyclone is likely to move further in a north-northeasterly direction and weaken gradually, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department has said. Bangladesh shifted over 20 lakh people to storm shelters and deployed the military to deal with the powerful cyclone.

Leading global storm tracker AccuWeather had on Tuesday described Amphan as the first super cyclone in the Bay of Bengal since 1999.

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