Cyclone Amphan tracker updates: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is monitoring the situation from Nabanna, the state secretariat, said that at least 72 people lost their lives.
Cyclone Amphan Updates from West Bengal, Odisha: The cyclone has killed at least 72 persons and ravaged Kolkata and several parts of West Bengal. It has destroyed thousands of homes and swamped low-lying areas of the state. So far, 72 deaths have been reported due to Cyclone Amphan. I would request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come and visit Cyclone Amphan-affected areas, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be making aerial survey of damage caused in Odisha, Bengal tomorrow.
News agency PTI reported that a man and a woman were killed when trees came crashing down on them in North 24 Parganas district. A 13-year-old girl died in a similar incident in adjoining Howrah. As many as three persons were killed in Hooghly and North 24 Paraganas districts due to the electrocution. Officials said that a woman and her seven-year-old son were killed in the Regent park area of Kolkata after a tree fell on them. A person was killed in Kolkata after being hit by a flying object during the storm.
Officials have said that it is too early to estimate a toll on life or damage to property as the hardest-hit areas were still not accessible. With heavy rain and winds with speeds of up to 190 kmph, the cyclone hit Digha coast of West Bengal at 2.30 pm on Wednesday. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the impact of Amphan was “worse than coronavirus”.
Meanwhile, IMD today said that Cyclone Apmhan moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 27 km/ph during past 6 hours, further weakened into a cyclonic storm and lay centered over Bangladesh, about 270 km north-northeast of Kolkata.
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