Super Cyclone Amphan collided with Bengal at around 2.30 pm on Wednesday and wreaked havoc in the state. The storm has affected the coastal areas of East and West Medinipur, North and South 24 Parganas, Kolkata. About five lakh people have been evacuated in West Bengal and 1.58 lakh in Odisha. About 5200 houses have been damaged in the North 24 Parganas district. Two people have also died in storm-related accidents.
Police barricades fell on Howrah Bridge due to strong winds.
In West Bengal, due to cyclone Amphan, winds at a speed of 190 km per hour caused heavy destruction. The cyclone reached the coast between Digha in West Bengal and Hatia Island in Bangladesh at around 2.30 pm. A large number of trees and electric poles have been uprooted while raw houses have suffered extensive damage. Water is flooded in the streets of Kolkata and trees have been uprooted due to strong winds. Houses have also been damaged. The storm crossed the coast of West Bengal and Bangladesh between Digha and Hatia Islands of Sundarbans between 15.30 pm and 17.30 pm.
Two died in West Bengal
Two people have died due to the storm in West Bengal. According to news agency PTI, heavy landfall has been recorded in Digha. Stormy winds hit 160–170 km / h with rain on the Digha coast. Two women have died in Howrah and North Parganas districts.
There is less possibility of serious impact on Odisha
Earlier, Mohapatra, the head of the Indian Meteorological Department, IMD, told that Bhadrak and Balasore (in Odisha) will continue to have harmful effects for 2-3 hours. Thereafter, there will be no harmful effect on Odisha. The speed of the storm is expected to cause a lot of damage in Kolkata.
NDRF engaged in relief work
NDRF personnel are engaged in the removal of trees falling on the electric wires between Digha and Odisha border in East Midnapore district. Sanjib Sagar, a resident of Ghormara Island in Sundarbans, told Reuters that several embankments around the settlements were damaged due to which some areas were flooded. Many houses have suffered extensive damage. The tin sheds of many houses have blown away. A senior Kolkata official said that in view of the risk of corona infection, people coming to the shelters have been instructed to wear masks.