Cyclone Amphan kills 72 in Bengal, CM says impact worse than coronavirus

At least 72 people were killed and thousands of houses were destroyed after the cyclonic storm Amphan ravaged Kolkata and several parts of West Bengal, on Wednesday. 
State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been monitoring the situation at state secretariat Nabanna since Tuesday night, said the impact of Amphan was “worse than coronavirus”.
"I have never witnessed such a fierce cyclone and destruction in my life. I would request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come and visit cyclone Amphan-affected areas," Banerjee said.
The storm left behind a trail of destruction by uprooting trees, destroying houses, and swamping low-lying areas of the state.
NDRF Chief SN Pradhan, on Thursday, announced that a team of Union Home Ministry will visit the state to evaluate the damages done by cyclone.  
Earlier, Senior state officials had stated that it was too early to estimate the damage on life and to property as the areas, hit the hardest by the storm, were still not accessible. The number of deaths and injuries has been predicted to rise in West Bengal.

 


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