The West Bengal government has evacuated one lakh people from the coastal districts to safer places. The process of evacuating another 1.5 lakh people to another location will be completed by Tuesday night. Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan said that the government has put East Midnapore, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas, Sundarbans on high alert due to cyclone storm. At the same time, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that all precautionary steps have been taken to deal with any situation arising out of Cyclone Amfan.
A senior official said that the government has distributed two lakh masks to the displaced people in the wake of the Kovid-19 epidemic and the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) personnel have been provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits. The storm is expected to hit the coast between Digha in West Bengal and Hatia in Bangladesh on 20 May.
BSF took its ships and patrol boats to safe places in Sunderbans
The Border Security Force (BSF) has moved its three moving border outposts and 45 other patrol boats deployed for the protection of the Indo-Bangladesh River Front Front and Ichmati River in West Bengal to a safe location in view of Cyclone Amfan. Officials gave this information. BSF’s South Bengal Frontier uses these ships and boats to guard the 350 km long riverine area in the region. He guards the 930-km-long international border here, covering the 110-km-long area of the Sundarbans, the Ashtari Point, the Ichmati River and the waterways.
The land and river boundaries of the two countries meet each other in this area. Three moving border posts or ships and 45 other patrol boats have been evacuated to safer place in view of cyclone Amfan. BSF Deputy Inspector General (South Bengal Frontier) SS Guleria said that people associated with these boats and ships will remain at the land border posts till this cyclone. Guleria, who served in the NDF, said a team of electricians, masons and engineers have been sent to the river border areas to help repair and restore the infrastructure as soon as possible in the event of any damage. He said that satellite phones have also been provided at the river border posts so that the communication remains intact.