In just ten hours, Cyclonic Storm Amphan will take years to recover devastation that has been caused in West Bengal and Odisha. In West Bengal alone, 72 people died while one person lost their lives in Odisha. The slums and many houses collapsed due to winds of 190 kilometers per hour. The power poles were uprooted there, power fell in many districts. Mobile and Internet services were also closed due to heavy damage to more than 1000 mobile towers. The roofs of many houses flew, the roads were flooded. The speed of the storm was so high that cars were seen rolling on the roads. Kolkata airport also suffered losses due to flood this was the first time people saw this at Kolkata airport. 40-40 tonnes of ships were also trembling ahead of the storm speed. The chokes were planted for their wheels so that they would not be able to move around in the air and harm each other.
The cyclone lifted a tide of up to five meters in north and south 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts of West Bengal, submerging the areas covered by the large range. The paddy crop has been completely damaged in Burdwan, West Midnapore, and Hooghly districts. The scenes of storm damage are shocking. Seeing this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that I am seeing the visuals of the devastation in West Bengal due to Amphan, it is a very difficult time, the entire country is currently standing shoulder to side with West Bengal. We wish for the betterment of the people of the state. Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the phone. Soon thereafter, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba directed the home Ministry officials to stay in touch with the government of both the States.
Help if any kind of need is needed. It was also decided that a team of the Home Ministry would soon visit both the states and assess the damage caused by the cyclone. However, Amphn has now weakened from super cyclone to cyclone and has moved towards Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, coastal villages have been ruined, many houses have suffered heavy losses and 10 people have died so far. West Bengal and Odisha have been relieved of this, but the problem is not over. For the next four days, it will continue to rain in the affected areas, which may also cause great distress in the relief work. On the one hand, the entire country is moaning with Covid-19. It is not easy to start electricity, mobile services while maintaining social distance in the atmosphere. The state disaster relief forces are working on a war footing to clear the roads. Heavy machines have been deployed to remove the fallen trees on the roads.
Large parts of the city including Kolkata Airport have become waterlogged. Pump sets have been installed to remove the water. People have been seen removing housewares from the debris of their damaged houses. Many people started building houses again. This is the situation when the Disaster Management Department of the central and state governments had shifted more than six lakh people to safer places before the cyclone after the Met department informed about amphan. Amphan will take several years to compensate for the damage that he has made in both the states and the damage he has done. The 73 people who lost their lives cannot be compensated.