May 21, 2020 – Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, today termed the Super Cyclone Amphan as a ‘catastrophe’ as she said has never seen such devastation of this magnitude before by any natural calamity, after it took lives of at least 12 people in the east coast of India, particularly in West Bengal and Orissa.
Hours after taking stock of the situation from a control room at her office in Kolkata, CM, in a live video session, said that she was ‘shocked’ to witness such a massive disaster and requested the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for ‘help’.
Banerjee further added that the human impact of the cyclone is ‘worse than coronavirus’ while revealing that the estimated damage caused was worth Rs One lakh crore. Banerjee, from the state secretariat Nabanna, quoted, ‘’ I would urge Centre to provide help and refrain from doing politics in these troubled times. We are going through economic trouble after the coronavirus outbreak, somehow trying to get recovered from that. With the advent of the cyclone, the state is now pushed to a new low level of financial constraints and completely destroyed.’’
Cyclone #Amphan has left a trail of devastation beyond our thoughts. While the material damage is substantial, Bengal stands united in this time of crisis. Together we will overcome this because nothing can dampen the spirit and strength of the people of Bengal.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 21, 2020
CM said more than 5 lakh people have been evacuated from the affected areas in the past 48 hours while comparing the impact of the storm with ‘tandav’, the dance of fury, said that this is the worst calamity formed over the Bay of Bengal in years.
The cyclone has severely affected coastal districts of North and South 24 Paraganas of Bengal with strong windstorm and downpour, destroyed several structures, electricity infrastructure, hundreds of trees while leaving several low-lying areas marooned with rainwater.
Large scale power cuts have also been reported from Kolkata and several other districts of West Bengal. Mobile and internet service were also down in affected areas as the cyclone has reportedly destroyed several communication towers.