Massive devastation in West Bengal, Orissa after the landfall of Super Cyclone Amphan. Image Courtesy – The Hindu
More than 30 hours have passed since the Amphan crossed over Kolkata and Orissa. Still, the picture of devastation is everywhere in the city. At least 19 bodies have already been found in Kolkata itself. The government has announced that at least 76 people have died in the state. Everyone is worried that this number will increase with time.
Police said 15 of the 19 bodies found in Kolkata have been identified so far. The identities of the four are still unknown. However, in one way or another, the devastation of Amphan has claimed the lives of 19 people.
The wind speed increased to 133 km per hour when the cyclone crossed the ‘city of joy’. The amount of rain at one time is recorded at 250 ml. The Super Cyclone Amphan swept away everything in front of its way while it was crossing city after landfall. After that news of death started coming from different areas of the city. Most of the people of West Bengal have experienced such a deadly cyclone for the first time in their life.
The Super Cyclone Amphan swept away everything in front of its way while it was crossing city after landfall. Image Courtesy – Outlook India
Most of the people of West Bengal have experienced such a deadly cyclone for the first time in their life. Image Courtesy – Deccan Herald
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to West Bengal and Orissa to observe the situation and he will conduct aerial surveys of the cyclone-affected areas. He will also meet the Chief Ministers of the respective states and will decide on the measures to be taken.
The Prime Minister’s office stated that the tentative schedule has been announced for his visit. Modi will arrive at the ‘Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport’ at Kolkata around 10:45 am, and from there he will start his aerial survey to the worst-hit areas. He will conduct a meeting with the state government and district officials at Basirhat at 11:20 am. Prime Minister Modi will depart Kolkata to have a survey of Bhubaneswar of Orissa at 1:30 pm.
Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee will accompany Narendra Modi in the survey. Governor of West Bengal, Jagdeep Dhankar will also accompany them in the survey. Mr Dhankar personally donated Rs 50 lakh to the Chief Minister’s fund for the relief of the people affected by Cyclone Amphan.