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Cyclone Amphan HIGHLIGHTS: Storm likely to weaken in few hours; Mamata says ‘disaster bigger than COVID’

Weather Today, Cyclone Amphan: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed that a meeting of a special task force will take place today to asses the damage and find ways to provide relief to the people.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 21, 2020 12:28:14 pm
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Cyclone Amphan, which wreaked havoc in the states of West Bengal and Odisha and claimed at least 10-12 lives, is likely to weaken into a deep depression in the next three hours and then into a depression in the subsequent six hours, the Indian Meteorological Department said on Thursday.

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The super cyclonic storm made landfall in the coastal areas of West Bengal on Wednesday noon killing at least 10 people, and leaving a trail of destruction behind. Odisha is assessing the damage caused by the cyclone, which has also impacted its coastal districts. The cyclone hit the states at a time when it is already struggling to fight the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed that a meeting of a special task force will take place today to asses the damage and find ways to provide relief to the people. Chief secretary Rajiva Sinha said, “It will take time for our workers to reach the affected areas. It will be only day after tomorrow that proper work can begin. The cyclone is still in North 24 parganas. There is huge loss in agriculture. We will first provide humanitarian help like food, water and shelter to those affected. Then we will think of a way to financially help or provide job avenues, so that they can stand on their feet.”

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11:57 (IST)21 May 2020
At least 19 million children at imminent risk due to Cyclone Amphan in India, Bangladesh:UNICEF

At least 19 million children in parts of Bangladesh and India are at "imminent risk" from flash flooding and heavy rain as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall and the state of West Bengal is expected to take a direct hit from the powerful storm, the UN's children agency has warned. The UNICEF said it is also very concerned that the COVID-19 could deepen the humanitarian consequences of Cyclone Amphan in both the countries. Evacuees who have moved to crowded temporary shelters would be especially vulnerable to the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19, as well as other infections.

11:20 (IST)21 May 2020
Watch: Power generators explode due to impact of Cyclone Amphan

Another Twitter user shared a video of power generators exploding due to the impact of the storm in Kolkata's Phoolbagan area on Wednesday.

10:53 (IST)21 May 2020
Watch: Kolkata airport under water

Kolkata airport was also flooded due to the heavy rains caused by the cyclone. A Twitter user shared a video to show the same.

10:44 (IST)21 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan damage 'not too bad' in Odisha: Official

With West Bengal in the eye of Amphan, Odisha is assessing the damage caused by the cyclone, which has impacted its coastal districts. However, officials say, the worst is now over for the state as Amphan has made landfall in neighbouring West Bengal. There were turbulent conditions on Wednesday for about seven hours, and the “damage has not been too bad”, an official said. On reports of the death of a person due to the cyclone, the official said that there were “contradictory versions”, and that an official confirmation will be available on Thursday.

10:33 (IST)21 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan: Major roads blocked, water logging in several Kolkata streets

In Kolkata, trees were uprooted in over thirty areas including New Alipore, Central Avenue, SN Banerjee Road, Bidhan Sarani, Shakespeare Sarani, Ballygunge, Maidan, Hastings, Prince Anwar Shah Road, Gariahat and others. In many places, tress were uprooted with traffic signals. All major roads were blocked. There were report of water logging in some streets too and rains continued since morning.

10:21 (IST)21 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan: Naidu anguished at loss of lives

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today expressed anguish at the loss of lives due to cyclone Amphan and appreciated the administrative machinery of West Bengal and Odisha for ensuring timely evacuation of people. "Deeply anguished by the loss of lives and devastation caused to crops and public & private properties by Amphan cyclone in West Bengal and Odisha," the Vice President's Secretariat tweeted quoting Naidu. Naidu appreciated state administrations for timely evacuation of lakhs of people to safer places and undertaking rescue and relief operations in coordination with the National Disaster Response Force in the affected areas. "My condolences to the bereaved families," he said.

09:56 (IST)21 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan: Trees uprooted in Bengal's East Midnapore district


As the cyclone intensified, wind gathered speed uprooting trees and damaging electrical poles. (Express photo)

09:43 (IST)21 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan causes destruction in areas affected by Cyclone Bulbul last year

In Kolkata, the storm began with a wind speed of 69 kmph but it reached 130 kmph at around 6.55 pm and thereafter increased its intensity. In Dum Dum area, maximum wind speed recorded was 133 kmph at 1920 IST. Districts of East Midnapore, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas were worst affected. The same areas were affected by cyclone Bulbul in November 2019.

09:36 (IST)21 May 2020
Watch: West Bengal, Odisha face wrath of Cyclone Amphan

Cyclone Amphan hit West Bengal and Odisha at a time when it is already struggling to fight the transmission of the novel coronavirus. Watch video here: 

09:26 (IST)21 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan 'disaster bigger than Covid-19': Mamata Banerjee

Speaking to media from control room at Nabanna (state secretariat), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “Atleast 10 to 12 people have died. Districts like North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Kolkata, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, even Puruli Bankura has been affected by Amphan. In fact the whole of South Bengal has been affected. We are shocked. It will take three to four days to asses the damage done." “On one hand we are fighting with Covid 19 on the other hand lakhs of migrants are coming back. Over all this now the cyclone. I think that this (Amphan) is a disaster bigger than Covid 19. I would request (centre) please forget politics and co operate with us and save the people,” she added.

09:11 (IST)21 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan causes destruction in coastal areas of Bengal


Cyclone Amphan left a trail of destruction in East Midnapore, West Bengal, on Wednesday. (Express photo)

08:49 (IST)21 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan likely to weaken into deep depression in three hours: IMD

Cyclone Amphan, which wreaked havoc in the states of West Bengal and Odisha and claimed at least 10-12 lives, is likely to weaken into a deep depression in the next three hours and then into a depression in the subsequent six hours, the weather body said today.

01:45 (IST)21 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan: Worst over, Odisha assesses damage

With West Bengal in the eye of Amphan, Odisha is assessing the damage caused by the cyclone, which has impacted its coastal districts.

However, officials say, the worst is now over for the state as Amphan has made landfall in neighbouring West Bengal. There were turbulent conditions on Wednesday for about seven hours, and the “damage has not been too bad”, an official said.

On reports of the death of a person due to the cyclone, the official said that there were “contradictory versions”, and that an official confirmation will be available on Thursday. Read more here

01:45 (IST)21 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan: Worst over, Odisha assesses damage

With West Bengal in the eye of Amphan, Odisha is assessing the damage caused by the cyclone, which has impacted its coastal districts.

However, officials say, the worst is now over for the state as Amphan has made landfall in neighbouring West Bengal. There were turbulent conditions on Wednesday for about seven hours, and the “damage has not been too bad”, an official said.

On reports of the death of a person due to the cyclone, the official said that there were “contradictory versions”, and that an official confirmation will be available on Thursday. Read more here

00:51 (IST)21 May 2020
Cyclone Amphan — All your questions answered

Cyclone Amphan, which is pronounced as Um-pun, is ripping through West Bengal and parts of Bangladesh.  After making landfall at 2.30 pm between Digha in West Bengal and and Hatiya island in Bangladesh, Amphan cut a swathe through the coastal areas, flattening dwellings, uprooting trees and electric poles. Did you miss our explainer on some of your most frequently asked questions about the cyclone? Read it here  

23:56 (IST)20 May 2020
Over 1 million customers lose power supply as cyclone Amphan hits Bangladesh coast

Over one million consumers in the coastal areas of Bangladesh were without power after strong winds snapped electricity lines and many houses were destroyed as the country was hit by cyclone Amphan. "More than one million consumers in at least 17 associations of the Rural Electrification Board have lost electricity," bdnews24.com reported. Apart from this, almost 40,000 customers of West Zone Power Distribution Company have lost electricity supply. PTI

22:40 (IST)20 May 2020
At least 10 killed in West Bengal due to cyclone Amphan

At least 10 people have died in West Bengal  due to cyclone and various districts have been devasted.'Atleast 10 to 12 people have died. Districts like North and South 24 parganas, Howrah, Kolkata, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, even Puruli Bankura has been affected by Amphan. In fact the whole of South Bengal has been affected. We are shocked. It will take three to four days to asses the damage done,' said Mamata Banerjee speaking to media from control room at Nabanna (state secretariat). 'On one hand we are fighting with Covid 19 on the other hand Lakhs of migrants are coming back. Over all this now the cyclone. I think that this (Amphan) is a disaster bigger than Covid 19. I would request (centre) please forget politics and co operate with us and save the people,' she added. 




 
21:30 (IST)20 May 2020
Shocking visuals coming in: Electricity transformers are exploding in Kolkata

As Amphan batters Kolkata, the city has been damaged. Terrible visuals of electricity transformers exploding, trees falling, walls collapsing power and landline phone outages reported.

21:27 (IST)20 May 2020
Naidu expresses concern over Cyclone Amphan; speaks with minister, RS MPs to ascertain impact

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday expressed concern over the situation arising out of Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal and Odisha. The Vice President's Secretariat tweeted saying Naidu has expressed concern over the situation arising out of the cyclone. According to latest reports, an extremely severe cyclone packing winds of up to 190 kmph roared into West Bengal on Wednesday, dumping heavy rain and leaving a trail of destruction that left at least two people dead.

"He spoke to the Union Minister Babul Supriyo, and Rajya Sabha MPs Manas Ranjan Bhunia & Sukhendu Sekhar Roy to ascertain the impact in West Bengal following the landfall of the cyclone," the VP Secretariat said.

21:13 (IST)20 May 2020
Streets in Kolkata waterlogged, trees uprooted and houses damaged due to strong winds

Streets in Kolkata waterlogged, trees uprooted and houses damaged due to strong winds and heavy rain as Amphan crossed West Bengal-Bangladesh coast between Digha and Hatiya Islands across Sunderbans, between 15:30 and 17:30 hours today. The extremely severe Cyclone Amphan over Northwest Bay Of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 25 kmph during past 06 hours, crossed West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm.  The Super Cyclone Amphan over Northwest BayOfBengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 25 kmph during past 06 hours, crossed WestBengal – Bangladesh coasts as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm. 

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On Tuesday, a third meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) was also chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba Tuesday to review the preparedness of states and central ministries to deal with the cyclonic storm Amphan.

"Chief Secretary, Odisha and Additional Chief Secretary, West Bengal apprised the NCMC of preparatory measures taken by them. They informed that the evacuation of people from the low lying areas is being carried out. All actions have been taken to stock food grains, drinking water and other essential supplies. Teams for maintenance and restoration of Power and Telecom services have also been positioned," a press release issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

Amphan only the second super cyclone in Bay of Bengal since 1999

"Reviewing the preparedness of the states and central agencies, Cabinet Secretary asked the state governments to ensure timely and complete evacuation of people from low lying areas in cyclone path and maintain adequate quantities of essential supplies such as food, drinking water and medicines etc. They were also advised that teams for road clearance and other restoration work be kept ready," it added.

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Odisha Chief Secretary A K Tripathy said four senior officers with vast experience in handling such calamities have been deputed to different districts on the direction of chief minister Navin Patnaik to supervise preparations and guide the local administration.

As high-velocity winds may damage power infrastructure and roads, necessary equipment and manpower have been mobilised in order to ensure quick restoration in the affected areas, he said.

All fishermen along with boats and vessels have already returned from the seas and they have been advised not to venture out for fishing activities till May 21, the SRC said. The cyclone comes a year after 'Fani' barreled through vast areas of Odisha on May 3 last year, claiming at least 64 lives and destroying infrastructure in power, telecom, water supply and other vital sectors.

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