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Highlights| About 500 houses fully damaged due to Cyclone Amphan: Odisha Govt

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Railways requesting them to not run any Shramik special trains to ferry migrant workers till May 26, due to the impact of the cyclonic storm. She also assured the people of Bengal that state government is doing everything to restore electricity in affected regions.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: May 23, 2020 23:36 IST
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Highlights| About 500 houses fully damaged due to Cyclone Amphan: Odisha Govt

Cyclone Amphan created havoc and left a trail of destruction in the states of West Bengal and Odisha. Rescue teams struggled to reach the coastal areas that suffered the brunt. Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of affected areas in both the states and announced a package of 1,500 for relief and rehabilitation. The National Disaster Response Forces is continuing restoration and relief work in affected areas of both West Bengal and Odisha. So far Bangladesh has recorded 22 deaths and the death toll in West Bengal is at 86.

Here are the latest updates on Cyclone Amphan:

11:10 PM IST

Odisha Fire Services personnel proceed to Bengal for assisting in road clearance and other restoration related activities

Odisha Fire Services personnel proceed to West Bengal for assisting in road clearance, tree cutting and other restoration related activities: Pradeep Jena, Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha.

10:45 PM IST

5 columns of army will be providing assistance in road clearance work tomorrow as well: Indian Army

Based on the request from the Government of West Bengal, five columns were deployed today in the state to assist civil administration in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan. They will be providing assistance in road clearance work tomorrow as well: Indian Army

10:06 PM IST

Authorities must restore connectivity, electricity and other services at the earliest: Jagdeep Dhankhar

A good move @MamataOfficial to seek support and assistance of Army. These are trying time and appeal to people to keep calm. Authorities must restore connectivity, electricity and other services at the earliest.

08:05 PM IST

House damage enumeration is going on in full swing: Odisha Government

House damage enumeration is going on in full swing and expected to be completed by May 26. All govt officials engaged in damage assessment and restoration activities are not allowed to avail any public holidays till the assessment and restoration works are completed: Odisha Govt

08:04 PM IST

About 500 houses fully damaged due to Cyclone Amphan: Odisha Government

Due to the impact of cyclone Amphan, about 500 houses have been fully damaged and 15,000 houses got partially damaged. 28 large animals, 9 small animal and 3680 poultry birds perished: Odisha Govt

08:03 PM IST

Cyclone Amphan has affected over 44.45 lakh people in 9,833 villages and 22 urban bodies: Odisha Government

Cyclone Amphan has affected over 44.45 lakh people in 9833 villages and 22 urban bodies in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Mayurbhanj, Cuttack, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Khordha and Puri districts. Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur have been affected severely: Odisha Government

07:34 PM IST

State govt has taken positive step of taking help of Army: Jagdeep Dhankhar

Before landfall, I had spoken to Commander of Eastern Command. They had made great preparations for relief work. He had said that their 11 columns are ready and another 12 are waiting,they have all equipment so that no stone is left unturned in helping people. I have come to know that the state govt has taken the positive step of taking the help of Army. This is commendable. We must use every available resource. Our defence forces are the best: Jgdeep Dhankhar

07:27 PM IST

Odisha to send ODRAF, Fire Services personnel to West Bengal to carry out restoration works

Odisha government has decided to send 500 personnel of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRF) and Odisha Fire Services to West Bengal for assisting in restoration related activities in the aftermath of cyclone Amphan.

07:03 PM IST

Pakistan expresses sadness over deaths caused by cyclone Amphan in India, Bangladesh

Pakistan on Saturday expressed sadness over the deaths and widespread devastation caused by cyclone Amphan in India and Bangladesh.

06:35 PM IST

I couldn't have any discussion with state government: Jagdeep Dhankhar

I couldn't have any discussion with state government. It's unfortunate. I had extensive discussions with Indian Coast Guard and BSF, they did a great job. I spoke to Army, they were ready for relief work. What did Kolkata Municipal Corporation do? Why could they not anticipate? Most of the deaths were caused due to uprooting of trees. Why was there no contingency plan? Why were arrangements not done beforehand?: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

06:28 PM IST

Indian Army has provided 5 columns to assist Kolkata City Civil Administration in aftermath of Cyclone Amphan

Based on request from the Govt of West Bengal, Indian Army has provided 5 columns to assist the Kolkata City Civil Administration in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan.

04:49 PM IST

Will send trains as soon as Bengal can accept: Railway Board chairman

West Bengal Chief Secreatary wrote to me about Cyclone Amphan; will send trains as soon as they can accept those: Railway Board chairman, reports PTI.

04:47 PM IST

10 more NDRF teams rushed to Bengal to speed up relief work

Ten additional teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are being mobilized to West Bengal on the request of state govt. The teams are likely to reach Kolkata by late night today. Presently, 26 NDRF teams are deployed in cyclone-affected areas of West Bengal: NDRF, reports ANI

04:28 PM IST

West Bengal seeks Indian Army's support to restore essential infrastructure and services in cyclone-ravaged areas

West Bengal seeks Indian Army's support to restore essential infrastructure and services in cyclone-ravaged areas. The government urges railways, port, private entities to provide support for restoration of essential services in cyclone-hit areas, reports PTI.

03:35 PM IST

Cyclone Amphan loss estimated at $13 bln in India, may rise in Bangladesh

A powerful cyclone that tore through West Bengal this week has caused a damage of 1 trillion rupees ($13 billion) to infrastructure and crops, state officials said.

First published: May 23, 2020 12:04 IST