"The state has incurred a total loss of Rs 23,811 crore in the three districts ravaged by cyclone Bulbul where over 35 lakhs of people have been directly affected. A total of 5,17,535 houses were damaged in the cyclone," a senior official said, quoting from the report.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday hit out at the Centre saying that it is not releasing funds that are due to the state. She also asked people to refrain from playing politics in relief distribution for Cyclone Bulbul.
Cyclone Bulbul, Weather forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: The storm left a trail of destruction in south Bengal districts after making landfall in Sagar Island on Saturday night, killing at least 14 people. North 24 Parganas was the worst-hit district with reports of five deaths in the district.
Mamata, who reached here after taking an aerial survey of the affected areas, also directed setting up of similar task force, led by the district magistrate, in each of the affected districts to monitor relief work.
Cyclone Bulbul, Weather forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS:The severe cyclonic storm brought in heavy rain coupled with strong winds, uprooting trees and snapped cables in Kolkata and its adjoining areas, bring normal life to a near-halt.
The India Meteorological Department said cyclone Bulbul will make landfall at West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts between Sagar Island (WB) and Khepupara (Bangladesh) across Sunderban delta by Saturday late evening.