Cyclone Amphan, Weather Forecast Today LIVE Updates: Odisha to send 500 disaster, fire personnel to assist in rescue ops in Bengal
Cyclone Amphan, Weather Forecast Today Live News Updates: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday wrote to the Indian Railways asking them not to send Shramik Special trains to state till May 26 in view of Cyclone Amphan.
By: Express Web Desk | Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, New Delhi |
Updated: May 23, 2020 11:07:38 pm
Cyclone Amphan LIVE: Men salvage items from a damaged shop after Cyclone Amphan made its landfall, in South 24 Parganas district in the eastern state of West Bengal. (Reuters)
Cyclone Amphan, Weather forecast Today Live Updates: The Odisha government Saturday said it would send 500 personnel from the state’s disaster rapid action force and fire service to assist in restoration operations in cyclone-ravaged West Bengal. Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena said the ODRAF and fire service personnel would soon start proceeding with required equipment to the neighbouring state on Sunday.
In response to West Bengal government’s request seeking support, Indian Army Saturday sent three columns of troops to assist the Kolkata City Civil Administration in the in post-cyclone restoration work. “Based on request from the Govt of West Bengal, Indian Army has provided three columns to assist the Kolkata City Civil Administration in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan,” Army said in a statement.
Apart from the Army, the state government also sought teams from railways and port for restoring essential infrastructure and services in the areas ravaged by Cyclone Amphan. It also urged private entities to provide manpower and equipment for the purpose. In a series of tweets, the department said, “GOWB mobilises maximum strength in unified command mode on 24×7basis for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services asap. Army support has been called for; NDRF and SDRF teams deployed; Rlys, Port & private sector too requested to supply teams and equipment.”
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Cyclone Amphan LIVE: Over 5,000 trees, hundreds of lamp posts and traffic signals were uprooted. (Twitter/NDRF)
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also wrote to the Indian Railways asking them not to send Shramik Special trains to state till May 26 in view of Cyclone Amphan. "District administration involved in relief and rehabilitation works after cyclone Amphan. It won't be able to receive special trains for the next few days," the CM said. The death toll due to the cyclone rose to 85 on Saturday, PTI reported.
The cyclone, which weakened into a depression on Friday, was further reduced to a well-marked low-pressure area over North Bangladesh and the neighbouring area. “It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a low-pressure area during the next 12 hours,” a bulletin released by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated.
After taking an aerial survey of West Bengal and Odisha to review the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a relief package of Rs 1,000 crore for Bengal and Rs 500 crore for Odisha. The cyclone had made landfall in coastal areas of West Bengal at around 2.30 pm on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the European Union has announced initial funding of 500,000 euros for people affected by the cyclone in India. "The EU will address immediate needs of people affected by the cyclone, as well as protect humanitarian aid and health workers from their exposure to the epidemic," EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic said in a statement.
Cyclone Amphan made landfall in coastal areas of West Bengal at around 2.30 pm on Wednesday,The cyclone hit Bengal and Odisha when the two states are already struggling to fight the transmission of the novel coronavirus.
After living without electricity and water supply for over 48 hours since cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in the state, residents started protesting in several areas of Kolkata. The protest first broke out in Jadavpur area where residents took to the streets demanding restoration of power and water supply.
According to Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) officials, water supply could not be restored in some areas as there was no electricity. So, even in places where water supply was available, residents in high-rises could not pump up water in their buildings due to lack of power.
Later in the day, protests also broke out in several other places, including Ajaynagar, Bijaygarh, Shakuntala Park, Panchasayar, Anandapur, Bagha Jatin, Tollygunge, Behala and airport areas.
Meanwhile, several roads were blocked for traffic movement across the city as work to cut the fallen trees is yet to begin. In most of the roads, trees were uprooted due to the impact of cyclone Amphan on Wednesday. Even two days after the disaster, uprooted trees continue to remain on the streets in most of the places, including Alipore, New Aipore, Maidan, Ballygunge, Golf Green, Bhowanipore, Tollygunge, Gariahat, Salt Lake and on major roads in North Kolkata.