- According to the meteorological department, the pace is expected to slow down in the next three hours.
- On Wednesday, the wind was blowing at a speed of 190 kmph, damage to 5500 houses
May 21, 2020, 08:44 AM IST
Kolkata. After wreaking havoc in West Bengal and Odisha on Wednesday, severe cyclonic storm Amfan has started slowing down. According to the Meteorological Department, it has moved north-northeast at a speed of 30 km per hour in the last 6 hours. It is expected to weaken further in the next three hours. On Wednesday, the wind speed reached 190 kilometers per hour. The storm killed 12 people.
No deaths have been reported in Odisha due to Amfan, but according to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, 12 people are estimated to have died in her state. 5500 houses have been damaged. Mamta says that there has been a loss of thousands of crores of rupees due to the storm. The correct assessment will take 3-4 days.
6.6 lakh people were already evacuated
The storm reached Kolkata at around 2:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon. At seven thirty in the evening, the wind speed slowed down. The storm had caused a lot of devastation in these 5 hours. Before the storm came, 6.6 lakh people were evacuated to safer places. In the last three days in Bengal, 5 lakh people were removed from the coastal areas to the shelter home. 1.6 lakh people were rescued in Odisha. DG of the Meteorological Department, Mrityunjay Mohapatra, said that accurate assessment of the path and timing of the storm helped the rescue greatly.
How many districts in Odisha and Bengal were affected by the storm?
The 9 districts of Odisha are Puri, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Ganjam, Bhadrak and Balasore. The three coastal districts of West Bengal were affected by East Midnapore, 24 South and North Parganas as well as Howrah, Hooghly, West Midnapore and Kolkata.