Cyclone Amphan LIVE: IAF readies 25 aircraft, 31 choppers for relief ops

PM Modi reached Odisha during the day to take stock of ground situation. (ANI)
Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates: The central government will give West Bengal Rs 1,000 crore and Rs 500 crore to Odisha as interim assistance for the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday after a visit to the two states.

Families of those killed will get Rs 2 lakh each as ex-gratia and the injured will get Rs 50,00, he said after flying over flooded areas of West Bengal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said 80 people have died in the cyclone and requested Modi to treat it as a national disaster.

The India Meteorological Department said squalls with wind speed at 30- 40 kmph are "very likely" in Meghalaya and west Assam in the next 12 hours.

Stay tuned for LIVE updates on cyclone Amphan and weather updates

1:10 AM IST As the biggest cyclone to hit in two decades loomed over the Bay of Bengal, emergency relief officials realised they were facing a nightmare: They needed to evacuate over 5 million people to safety at the risk of spreading Covid-19. Right after the weather office elevated the cyclone warning to the maximum, government officials had the onerous task of evacuating hundreds to storm shelters while at the same time attempting to keep social distancing rules in place. Read on...

12:33 AM IST The number of samples tested for COVID-19 in West Bengal almost halved over the last two days, as most technicians could not reach laboratories making their way through thousands of trees and electric poles that lay scattered across the state, owing to the impact of Cyclone Amphan, a senior official said. While the number of samples tested on Tuesday and Wednesday were 8,712 and 8,722, respectively, the count came down to 4,242 on Thursday and 5,355 on Friday, he said. Read on...

11:38 PM IST The Amphan cyclone which hit West Bengal a day before the International Day for Biological Diversity on Friday has severely damaged the world's largest banyan tree in the Howrah botanical garden. This cyclone has also uprooted one of the two kalpvriksha', having botanical name as olea cuspidata and also known as wild olive, brown olive or Indian olive, in the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden in Howrah, Allahabad-based scientist Shiv Kumar of Botanical Survey of India on Friday. Read on....

11:09 PM IST The European Union has announced an initial funding of 500,000 euro for cyclone Amphan-affected people in India. Cyclone Amphan has left 80 people dead and thousands homeless in West Bengal, battering several parts of the state. It also wreaked havoc in Odisha damaging power and telecom infrastructure in several coastal districts. "The EU will address immediate needs of people affected by the cyclone, as well as protect humanitarian aid and health workers from their exposure to the epidemic," EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic said in a statement.

10:57 PM IST Telecom networks continued to operate at 65-70 per cent capacity on the third day after super cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in coastal districts of West Bengal, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said on Friday. Continuous power outages, frequent fibre cuts and electricity wires on roads have made restoration of telecom networks a challenging task, COAI said. However, telecom companies expect to make up to 90 per cent services operational by Sunday evening. Read on..

10:56 PM IST Cyclone Amphan has ravaged the farming sector in at least 14 of the 23 districts in West Bengal and the loss incurred may create an all-time record, state Agriculture Minister Ashish Banerjee said on Friday. According to initial estimates, Hooghly and Birbhum districts have incurred a loss of Rs 600 crore and Rs 462 crore respectively, Banerjee told PTI. Read on...

9:51 PM IST The Indian Air Force has readied 25 aircraft and 31 choppers for relief operations in areas affected by Cyclone Amphan, the IAF said Friday. "The aircraft/helicopters were modified with required equipment for undertaking relief operations and are on standby with crew for a quick deployment at various IAF bases," it said in a statement. Amphan, the strongest storm to hit India's eastern region since Cyclone Sidr killed nearly 3,500 people in 2007, made a landfall on Wednesday evening in the Sunderbans in West Bengal. Read on...

8:49 PM IST The nation stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in West Bengal and Odisha. The Central Government assures all possible support as well as assistance towards the rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction efforts. Went to West Bengal and Odisha to review the situation caused by the super cyclone. Conducted an aerial survey and held review meetings with the respective Chief Ministers @MamataOfficial and @Naveen_Odisha, as well as authorities. pic.twitter.com/ea6OkuoKw4 — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 22, 2020

6:24 PM IST #WATCH: PM Modi conducted aerial survey of areas affected by #CycloneAmphan in Odisha today. CM Naveen Patnaik&Guv Ganeshi Lal also accompanied. Financial assistance of Rs 500 Cr announced for state, ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to next of kin of deceased&Rs 50,000 to seriously injured pic.twitter.com/XiUyIfrKDx — ANI (@ANI) May 22, 2020

6:19 PM IST Expressing solidarity with the people of Odisha and deep sorrow for the lives lost, Prime Minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured in the cyclone in the State: Government of India 

6:06 PM IST Govt of India announces Rs 500 Crore for Odisha, as a measure in advance. Govt will further help Odisha govt and make rest of the arrangements to come out of this crisis, after the complete survey and the formation of a rehabilitation plan: PM Narendra Modi

5:56 PM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a review meeting with senior officials and minister of the state in Bhubaneswar after his aerial survey of the areas affected due to #CycloneAmphan. CM Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan & Pratap Sarangi are also present.  

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Millions in cyclone evacuation shelters face Covid risk

As the biggest cyclone to hit in two decades loomed over the Bay of Bengal, emergency relief officials realised they were facing a nightmare: They needed to evacuate over 5 million people to safety at the risk of spreading Covid-19. Right after the weather office elevated the cyclone warning to the maximum, government officials had the onerous task of evacuating hundreds to storm shelters while at the same time attempting to keep social distancing rules in place. Read on...

Cyclone Amphan hits Covid testing in Bengal

The number of samples tested for COVID-19 in West Bengal almost halved over the last two days, as most technicians could not reach laboratories making their way through thousands of trees and electric poles that lay scattered across the state, owing to the impact of Cyclone Amphan, a senior official said. While the number of samples tested on Tuesday and Wednesday were 8,712 and 8,722, respectively, the count came down to 4,242 on Thursday and 5,355 on Friday, he said. Read on...

World's largest Banyan tree in Howrah botanical garden damaged

The Amphan cyclone which hit West Bengal a day before the International Day for Biological Diversity on Friday has severely damaged the world's largest banyan tree in the Howrah botanical garden. This cyclone has also uprooted one of the two kalpvriksha', having botanical name as olea cuspidata and also known as wild olive, brown olive or Indian olive, in the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden in Howrah, Allahabad-based scientist Shiv Kumar of Botanical Survey of India on Friday. Read on....

EU announces initial funding of 500,000 euro

The European Union has announced an initial funding of 500,000 euro for cyclone Amphan-affected people in India. Cyclone Amphan has left 80 people dead and thousands homeless in West Bengal, battering several parts of the state. It also wreaked havoc in Odisha damaging power and telecom infrastructure in several coastal districts. "The EU will address immediate needs of people affected by the cyclone, as well as protect humanitarian aid and health workers from their exposure to the epidemic," EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic said in a statement.

Telecom networks operating at 65-70 per cent capacity in affected districts, says COAI

Telecom networks continued to operate at 65-70 per cent capacity on the third day after super cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in coastal districts of West Bengal, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said on Friday. Continuous power outages, frequent fibre cuts and electricity wires on roads have made restoration of telecom networks a challenging task, COAI said. However, telecom companies expect to make up to 90 per cent services operational by Sunday evening. Read on..

Bengal staring at record agri-loss

Cyclone Amphan has ravaged the farming sector in at least 14 of the 23 districts in West Bengal and the loss incurred may create an all-time record, state Agriculture Minister Ashish Banerjee said on Friday. According to initial estimates, Hooghly and Birbhum districts have incurred a loss of Rs 600 crore and Rs 462 crore respectively, Banerjee told PTI. Read on...

IAF readies 25 aircraft, 31 choppers for relief operations

The Indian Air Force has readied 25 aircraft and 31 choppers for relief operations in areas affected by Cyclone Amphan, the IAF said Friday. "The aircraft/helicopters were modified with required equipment for undertaking relief operations and are on standby with crew for a quick deployment at various IAF bases," it said in a statement. Amphan, the strongest storm to hit India's eastern region since Cyclone Sidr killed nearly 3,500 people in 2007, made a landfall on Wednesday evening in the Sunderbans in West Bengal. Read on...

The nation stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in West Bengal and Odisha: Modi

The nation stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in West Bengal and Odisha. The Central Government assures all possible support as well as assistance towards the rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction efforts.

Watch | PM Conducts aerial survey in Odisha

Prime Minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased

Expressing solidarity with the people of Odisha and deep sorrow for the lives lost, Prime Minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured in the cyclone in the State: Government of India 

Govt of India announces Rs 500 Crore for Odisha, as a measure in advance

Govt of India announces Rs 500 Crore for Odisha, as a measure in advance. Govt will further help Odisha govt and make rest of the arrangements to come out of this crisis, after the complete survey and the formation of a rehabilitation plan: PM Narendra Modi

Modi holds a review meeting with senior officials in Bhubaneswar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a review meeting with senior officials and minister of the state in Bhubaneswar after his aerial survey of the areas affected due to #CycloneAmphan. CM Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan & Pratap Sarangi are also present.
 

Nepal govt is grieved over loss of lives & destruction of properties in West Bengal

Nepal govt is grieved over loss of lives & destruction of properties in West Bengal by #CycloneAmphan. Govt extends its heartfelt condolences to bereaved families of deceased as well as to Indian Govt. It also wishes speedy recovery of injured: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nepal
 

Concerned about people’s well-being in the wake of devastation: Prez

I spoke with the Governor of Odisha, Prof. Ganeshi Lal, and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, today and expressed my concern about people’s well-being in the wake of devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan.

Declare cyclone Amphan as a national calamity: Opposition

Opposition parties urge the Central Govt to immediately declare cyclone Amphan as a national calamity & substantially help the states in facing the impact of this disaster: Resolution passed in the virtual meeting of 22 opposition parties

Sheikh Hasina speaks to Mamata Banerjee on Cyclone Amphan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinpoken ta has so West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over phone to enquire about the damages caused by extremely severe #CycloneAmphan: Bangladesh media

PM Narendra Modi reaches Odisha received by CM Naveen Patnaik

PM Narendra Modi received by CM Naveen Patnaik and Governor Ganeshi Lal on arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport. The PM will be conducting an aerial survey of the areas affected by #CycloneAmphan.

We've to help people so we've started relief work: Mamata

We've to help people so we've started relief work. I told PM that we'll get Rs 53,000 Cr from central govt regarding food subsidy, social schemes & central schemes wherever our money is there. So I said you try to give some money to us so that we can work in this crisis: WB CM

PM didn't clarify whether it'll be advance or a package: Mamata on financial assistance

He (PM) announced Rs 1000 Crore for the emergency fund but he didn't clarify whether it'll be advance or a package. He said he'll decide later on but he said it may be advance also. I said whatever you will give you decide, we'll give you details: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal under leadership of Mamata ji is fighting well: Modi

Dealing with COVID19 requires social distancing whereas battling the AmphanCyclone requires people to move to safer areas. Despite these contradictions, West Bengal under leadership of Mamata ji is fighting well. We are with them in these adverse times: PM

PM Narendra Modi conducts aerial survey of areas affected by Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal

PM Modi will travel to West Bengal and Odisha to take stock of the situation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan, today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to West Bengal and Odisha to take stock of the situation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan, today. He will conduct aerial surveys and take part in review meetings.

Rahul Gandhi offers condolences to families who lost loved ones

Power outage, fibre cuts take toll on mobile network

Power outage and frequent fibre cuts have disrupted telecom connectivity in Cyclone Amphan hit areas, particularly Kolkata, North and South 24 Pargana districts of West Bengal. Industry players told PTI that still around 70 per cent of the telecom network in the worst affected areas is working and around 85-90 per cent of the connectivity will be restored by Friday evening. Read on.....

Bandhan Bank services impacted in parts of Bengal, Odisha

Kolkata-headquartered Bandhan Bank on Thursday said its services have been impacted in some areas of West Bengal and Odisha due to Amphan and the cyclone is likely to impact business worth Rs 260 crore. The lender expects to resume banking services in these areas shortly. Cyclone Amphan struck five districts in southern West Bengal and northern coastal Odisha starting in the afternoon of Wednesday and lasting till the wee hours of the morning of Thursday. Read on...

Around 450,000 affected by Amphan in Odisha

Nearly 450,000 people in Odisha have been affected by the extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan, officials said on Thursday as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked them to submit report on damage to crops and houses within stipulated time. After making an aerial survey of the Amphan-affected districts, the chief minister directed officials to assess the damage caused to agriculture crop in next three days and survey of damage to houses and buildings in a week. Read on...
 

Cyclone Amphan weakens into Depression

10 killed in Bangladesh

Cyclone 'Amphan' which battered West Bengal has 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, made landfall on Wednesday evening. It was the most powerful storm since cyclone 'Sidr' killed nearly 3,500 people in 2007. “The cyclone claimed 10 lives,” state minister for disaster management Enamur Rahman told a media briefing.

PM to visit Bengal, Odisha on Friday; take part in review meetings

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday travel to West Bengal and Odisha to take stock of the situation in the wake of cyclone Amphan wreaking havoc in the two states, the Prime Minister's Office said. "He will conduct aerial surveys and take part in review meetings, where aspects of relief and rehabilitation will be discussed," the PMO said in a tweet on Thursday night. Cyclone Amphan has left 72 people dead and thousands homeless in West Bengal, battering several parts of the state and washing away bridges and swamping low-lying areas. Read on....

Odisha extends helping hand to West Bengal

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik came forward on Thursday to provide all possible assistance to West Bengal, which has been ravaged by Cyclone Amphan that killed at least 72 people and left a trail of destruction in the state. A day after the extremely severe cyclonic storm rolled past the Odisha coast and made landfall in the Sunderbans, Patnaik expressed deep grief at the loss of lives and massive damage to property caused by the calamity in West Bengal. Read on....

PM Modi to undertake aerial survey of cyclone-affected areas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to undertake aerial survey of cyclone-affected areas on Friday.

'It seems there was a war': Fiercest cyclone in 100 years overwhelms Bengal

"Never in my life have I seen a cyclone like this in Bengal," said 95-year-old Ashok Roy, a retired school teacher, visibly shaken by the ferocity of the extremely severe cyclone 'Amphan' that left a trail of destruction in half a dozen districts, including the state capital. Buses and taxis crashed against each other, small fishing boats turned turtle and grounded planes shook at the inundated Kolkata airport as winds of up to 190 kmph rampaged through West Bengal, already reeling under the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown caused by it. On Thursday morning, 45-year-old Jamal Mondal along with his four daughters and wife was jostling outside a relief camp in South 24 Parganas district's Gosaba for two loaves of bread and a tarpaulin sheet to spend the nights at a cyclone shelter.

Cyclone Amphan has left a trail of devastation beyond our thoughts: Mamata Banerjee

Cyclone #Amphan has left a trail of devastation beyond our thoughts. While the material damage is substantial, Bengal stands united in this time of crisis. Together we will overcome this because nothing can dampen the spirit and strength of the people of Bengal. 

Watch | CM Naveen Patnaik undertake an aerial survey of Cyclone Amphan affected areas

Undertook an aerial survey of #CycloneAmphan affected areas in #Odisha. The cyclone has severely damaged houses, standing crops, electrical infrastructure and uprooted trees in many districts. Steps are being taken up on a war footing to restore normalcy.

Vicky Kaushal to Shabana, Bollywood prays for people hit by Cyclone Amphan

As cyclone Amphan struck Odisha and West Bengal on Wednesday, Bollywood actors including Vicky Kaushal, Shabana Azmi and others prayed for people's safety and minimum destruction. Vicky on Thursday expressed his concern over the situation after seeing some "terrifying videos" of the deadly cyclone from Kolkata. "Praying for the safety and well being of everyone residing in the regions affected by the cyclone," the 32-year-old actor tweeted. Meanwhile, veteran actor Shabana Azmi, on Wednesday, took to Twitter and wrote: "Thinking of Bengal and Odisha .. Terrifying visuals on TV. May all stay safe."

Dalai Lama expresses solidarity for people of Odisha, West Bengal following Cyclone Amphan

The Dalai Lama on Thursday wrote to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik expressing sadness over the loss of life and devastation caused in the wake of Cyclone Amphan ravaging several districts of the two states. In a letter addressed to both CMs, the 84-year-old said, I appreciate the prior preparations that were made to respond to this natural disaster and the efforts that are underway to provide relief and assistance to those affected. As a mark of solidarity with the people of West Bengal and Odisha, I am making a donation from the Dalai Lama Trust to the relief and rebuilding efforts. I would like to convey my condolences to you, to the families who have lost loved ones, and to all those affected by Cyclone Amphan, he added.

Jobs lost due to lockdown, houses destroyed by cyclone: Migrant labourers stare at uncertainty

Jamal Mondal (45), a migrant labourer who returned from Bengaluru to his hometown Gosaba in South 24 Parganas district on Monday, was happy to be reunited with his family, even though he had lost his job due to the nationwide lockdown. But his happiness was short-lived. On Thursday morning, along with his four daughters and wife, Mondal was jostling outside a relief camp in the district for two loafs of bread and a tarpaulin sheet to spend the nights at a cyclone shelter, as his one-storey mud house was washed away by extremely severe cyclonic storm "Amphan" on Wednesday night. "On Monday, when I reached home, I thought my sufferings were over. But I was wrong. The lockdown took away my job and the cyclone took away everything I was left with. I do not know what would I do next, where would I stay and how would I feed my family," Mondal told a television news channel.
 

No adverse impact over West Bengal now: IMD

It has no adverse impact over West Bengal now. Very to very heavy rainfall is expected in Assam especially in western part and in Meghalaya. Arunachal Pradesh will also receive some rainfall at isolated places: Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, DGM, IMD

Odisha govt says IMD forecast getting better with time, thanks 'cyclone man' Mohapatra

The Odisha government on Thursday showered praises on the India Meteorological Department (IMD), saying weather forecast is getting better with time, a day after cyclone 'Amphan' rolled past its coast causing minimal damage in the state. The government thanked IMD's Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra for accurate predictions. The IMD's predictions on the cyclone's trajectory, wind speed as well as its character in sea and impact were "to the point" and "accurate" which helped the state in making required preparation to face the calamity, Odisha's Chief Secretary A K Tripathy said.

Our 2 aircraft parked at Kolkata airport are not damaged: CMD, Air India

Our 2 aircraft parked at Kolkata airport are not damaged, there is some damage to the hangar. A small private aircraft which was parked in the hangar has been damaged: Rajiv Bansal, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India

72 people have died in West Bengal so far: Mamata Banerjee

72 people have died in West Bengal so far. I have never seen such a disaster before. I will ask PM to visit the state and see the situation. There have been casualties. I announce a compensation of Rs 2.5 Lakh to the families of those who died in Cyclone Amphan: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Four additional NDRF teams are being airlifted: DG, NDRF

* Four additional NDRF teams are being airlifted for Kolkata, 2 teams from Rajali airbase, Chennai and 2 from Pune. 
 
* Situation in Odisha under control. All 20 teams deployed in the state are now engaged in restoration work.
 
* The damage in Odisha is not much and life will be back to normal in 48 hours, says NDRF DG 
 
* A ground level survey will be done by GoI team for the damage done in West benghal and Odisha
 

10 killed as cyclone Amphan batters Bangladesh

A powerful cyclone has battered 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, made a landfall on Wednesday evening. It was the most powerful storm since cyclone 'Sidr' killed nearly 3,500 people in 2007. "From our initial report we can say 10 people were killed in the cyclone, said Ayesha Akhtar, spokeswoman of the health ministry's control room. Akhtar said officials in the coastlines so far could confirm identities of six of the deceased while a process was underway to assess the medical requirements and other details in the affected area.

My thoughts are with everyone affected: Greta Thunberg

Heartbreaking news from India and Bangladesh... My thoughts are with everyone affected: Greta Thunberg

Closely monitoring cyclone Amphan: Amit Shah

We are closely monitoring the cyclone Amphan and are in continuous touch with concerned authorities. I have also spoken to CM Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik ji & CM West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee ji over situation arising due to the cyclone and assured all possible help from centre.

Entire nation stands in solildarity with West Bengal: Modi

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. 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 the those affected. I pray that the situation normalises at the earliest.

Savage cyclone Amphan leaves death, destruction in its trail

Scenes of large uprooted trees, damaged houses and flown off roofs were just the beginning when Super Cyclone Amphan made its appearance less that 24 hours back, as it pummelled through the night over Kolkata and large parts of West Bengal it left behind a trail of deaths as at least 12 people were killed.
 
Scenes from Kolkata airport showed the damage left behind as large airliners stood in a river of water with facilities damaged. This is the most devastating cyclone that struck the city in centuries, some wondered since the 1737 when the Calcutta cyclone killed many, while others said nothing like this have they crossed in the past few decades. Houses were flattened, massive number of trees uprooted as many feared damage to iconic structures in the city as well, and reports still pour in
 
Amitav Ghosh, the renowned author, who along with many others tweeted concern for their old parents stuck alone in the city amid the covid-induced lockdown. Ghosh said: "The terror they have been through is evident in their voices," as he was finally able to touch base with his folks.

Cyclone Amphan puts 19 mn children at risk in India, Bangladesh

At least 19 million children in parts of Bangladesh and India are at "imminent risk" from flash flooding and heavy rain as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall and the state of West Bengal is expected to take a direct hit from the powerful storm, the UN's children agency has warned.
 
The extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan made a landfall at Digha in West Bengal and Bangladesh on Wednesday, leaving a trail of destruction. At least three persons were killed in India and seven in Bangladesh.
 
 
The UNICEF said that at least 19 million children in parts of Bangladesh and India are at imminent risk from flash flooding, storm surges and heavy rain as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall.

Kolkata airport flooded

"Shorbonash hoye galo (it is a catastrophe)," said Mamata Banerjee, calling the impact of Amphan "worse than coronavirus".
 
She used the word "tandav (dance of fury)" to describe the impact of the storm, the worst to form over the Bay of Bengal in years.

"I am sitting in the war room. My office in Nabanna is shaking. I am tackling a difficult situation on a war footing," she said on Wednesday evening.

Cyclone Amphan: Road clearance, restoration work underway in WB

Road clearance and restoration work by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are underway after extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan hit West Bengal on Wednesday.
 
"Severe cyclonic storm Amphan over Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal coast moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 30 kmph during the past six hours. Very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a deep depression during the next three hours," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated.

Cyclone Amphan leaves behind trail of destruction in West Bengal, 12 dead

Extremely severe cyclone 'Amphan' has killed at least 12 persons and 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.
 
While a man and a woman were killed when trees came crashing down on them in North 24 Parganas district, a 13-year-old girl died in a similar incident in adjoining Howrah, officials said.

Cyclone Amphan update: Shops open in Patrapada area of Balasore as normalcy returns

At least 10 dead, damage greater than Covid-19, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at least 10 people had died in the state, and two districts been completely battered by one of the strongest storms to hit the region in several years.
 
"Area after area has been devastated. Communications are disrupted," Banerjee said, adding that although 500,000 people had been evacuated, state authorities had not entirely anticipated the ferocity of the storm.
 
With rains continuing, she said the hardest hits areas were not immediately accessible. Federal authorities said they could only make a proper assessment of the destruction on Thursday morning.
 
"We are facing greater damage and devastation than the CoVID-19," Banerjee said, referring to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, which has so far killed 250 people in the state.
 
In West Bengal's capital city, Kolkata, strong winds upturned cars and felled trees and electricity poles. Parts of the city were plunged into darkness.

Road clearance and restoration work underway in Kolkata, West Bengal

Severe cyclonic storm Amphan over Bangladesh & adjoining West Bengal coast moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 30 km/ph during the past 6 hours. Very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards & weaken further into a deep depression during the next 3 hours: IMD
 

US stands with India and Bangladesh as they face for Cyclone: Alice Wells

Cyclone Amphan: Mamata Banerjee says damages could be worth Rs 1 trillion

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said damages due to Cyclone Amphan could be worth Rs 1 trillion as the extremely severe cyclone, packing winds of up to 190 kmph, rampaged through coastal Odisha and West Bengal.
 
It resulted in heavy downpour, leaving at least three people dead.
 
While a man and a woman were reported killed when trees came crashing down on them in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, a 13-year-old girl died in a similar incident in adjoining Howrah. No casualties have been reported from Odisha yet. Read on...

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