Cyclone Amphan: Bengal asks Railways not to send Shramik Special trains till May 26

As Bengal tries to get back on its feet after the devastating cyclone Amphan lashed on the state, on Wednesday, Chief Secretary of West Bengal wrote to the Railways not to send any trains to the state till May 26.

Rajiv Sinha, Chief Secretary of West Bengal in his letter to the Chairman of Indian Railway Board stated that as West Bengal was severely impacted by the cyclonic storm Amphan on May 20-21, the state government is occupied with relief and rehabilitation works. Due to such a situation, Sinha added that it will not be possible for the state to receive special trains for next few days. "It's requested that no train should be sent to the state till May 26," the letter read.

Around 80 people lost their lives while thousands of houses were destroyed in West Bengal due to the cyclone. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, conducted an aerial survey of the Amphan affected areas along with state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

After several review meetings, the PM announced a Rs 1,000 crore financial assistance for West Bengal and Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

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