- The head of the NDRF said that 41 teams have been deployed in Bengal
- He said- For the first time our force is going through a double challenge.
May 20, 2020, 09:11 PM IST
Kolkata. Super Cyclone Amfan collided with Bengal on Wednesday. Now this storm is likely to reach the Sunderbans in South 24 Parganas district. The Sunderbans area of Bengal is famous all over the world for mangrove forests. According to NDRF chief SN Pradhan, this super cyclone has affected the coastal areas of East and West Medinipur, North and South 24 Parganas, Kolkata. About 5 lakh people have been evacuated from here.
The NDRF chief said that 41 teams have been deployed in Bengal. This is the first time that our force is going through a double challenge. Surviving people from this disaster along with the corona virus is our biggest challenge.
Shailendra Das, a resident of Digha in Midnapore district, says that the sea is at its full ebb. Waves are rising to a height of about 15 feet. Prashant Malik, a resident of Bagkhali in South 24 Parganas district, says the entire area has been evacuated by the NDRF and the administration. Nature's havoc is seen. The storm has caused havoc with strong rains and winds of around 150 kmph. People are forced to go to relief camps without staying in their homes. Electricity has been flushed in the entire area.
Kolkata airport closed
According to sources at Kolkata-based Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, the Kolkata airport has been completely shut down till Wednesday evening. Only cargo planes were being flown from here and a few different aircraft were arriving with Indians stranded abroad.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee is commanding the control room in the state government's Sadar Headquarters Navan. Chief Secretary Rajiv Sinha, State Police DG Virendra, ADG Law and Order Gyanwant Singh, Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma are monitoring the situation.
The head of the India Meteorological Department, Mrityunjay Mahapatra, says that the super cyclone is devastating and devastating from the last several cyclonic storms in Bengal and Odisha. Hundreds of trees and kutcha houses are reported to have fallen, electricity and rail lines were broken in many affected districts of Bengal. Crops are also feared to be ruined. Earlier in 1999, 10 thousand people died in Odisha due to the super cyclone.