Kolkata Cyclone

No electricity, mobiles down, Kolkata residents talk of ‘petrifying’ cyclone Amphan

Cyclone Amphan Tracker, Weather forecast Today Live Updates: The extent of the structural damage caused by Cyclone Amphan is evident from visuals of airport hangars in Kolkata collapsing and water inundating runaways. The Cyclone also left a trail of destruction in other parts of West Bengal and Odisha and claimed at least 10-12 lives on Wednesday. The cyclone, which had earlier reduced in strength, is likely to move north-northeastwards and weaken into a deep depression, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin.

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today assured all possible assistance to the two states and said top officials are working in “close co-ordination with the West Bengal government”. “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 tweeted.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that a meeting of a special task force will take place today to asses the damage and find ways to provide relief to the people. Odisha is assessing the damage caused by the cyclone, which has also impacted its coastal districts. The cyclone hit the states at a time when it is already struggling to fight the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

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