PM Modi in Bengal, Odisha today after ‘Cyclone Amphan’ leaves 72 dead, thousands homeless


Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves from Delhi for West Bengal to undertake aerial survey in the wake of Cyclone Amphan that leaves 72 dead and thousands homeless.


This will be the prime minister's first visit outside Delhi after coronavirus lockdown was imposed on the midnight of March 24. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's last visit was to Prayagraj and Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh on February 29.

Later today, PM Modi will also visit Odisha and will take part in review meetings, where aspects of relief and rehabilitation will be discussed.

On Thursday, Cyclone Amphan had claimed 72 lives in the state. Almost all have died due to electrocution and falling trees.

Cyclone Amphan, one of the strongest cyclonic storms in decades, caused havoc in the state of West Bengal and Odisha with a wind speed of 185 kmph. It triggered torrential rains across Kolkata and other regions.

On Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that Rs 1,000 crore fund has been created for restoration work for areas affected in cyclone Amphan. She had also urged the Prime Minister to visit the state.

The state government also announced a compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh to to the families of the deceased.

The extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan moved north-northeastwards and crossed West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya (Bangladesh) near Sundarbans on Wednesday afternoon as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.

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.

Image credit: ANI

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