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Cyclone Amphan affects 6 crore people in 16 districts

The Cyclonic storm hit West Bengal and Odisha at a time when it is already struggling to fight the transmission of the novel coronavirus

Cyclone Amphan has affected as many as 6 crore people from 16 districts of West Bengal. Sharing this information here the State Home Secretary, Alapan Bandyopadhyay said that 3 lakh people were still in the relief camps in different areas.

The state home secretary said that the power supply, which had snapped after the storm in various areas, has been restored. He added that authorities were working on a war footing to bring back the power and water supplies, telecommunication and internet services in the rest of the areas.

People in many areas of West Bengal have staged demonstrations, protesting against the lack of essential services six days after Cyclone Amphan hit the state last Wednesday.

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Last week, following Cyclone Amphan that killed 86 people and displaced lakhs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had undertaken an aerial survey of cyclone-hit West Bengal. Appreciating the state government, the prime minister had spoken about how Bengal had to fight two wars — one against COVID-19 and another against cyclone. He had said that the state has tried sufficiently under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee to fight them.

“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,” the Prime Minister had tweeted on 21 May, hours after the cyclone passed.

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That day, Modi had announced an immediate relief of Rs 1,000 crore for West Bengal an aerial survey to assess the devastation Cyclone Amphan had caused, claiming 72 lives. Banerjee, however, insisted that the state had sufferred losses of over Rs 1 lakh crore for which it needed to be compensated.

It was later found that 77 people had been killed in the state, of which, 15 deaths were reported from Kolkata. The cyclone, which weakened into a depression on Friday, was further reduced to a well-marked low-pressure area over northern Bangladesh and som neighbouring areas.

“It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a low pressure area during next 12 hours,” the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) had said . The cyclone hit Bengal and Odisha at a time when it is already struggling to fight the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

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