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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
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:

02:52 PM IST

Death toll rises to 86 due to Amphan Cyclone

Death toll rises to 86 due to Amphan Cyclone: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

02:42 PM IST

We are doing whatever possible to restore electricity: Mamata Banerjee

We are doing whatever possible to restore electricity. Cyclone Amphan was a disaster. It is not the right time to do politics.We have spoken to Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) for restoration. I would like to request people to have patience: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

02:19 PM IST

Not the time to do politics, would request people to be patient, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said Cyclone Amphan was a disaster and the state government is doing everything to restore electricity in affected areas, reports ANI.

02:01 PM IST

Following Cyclone Amphan situation in India, Bangladesh, says UN Chief

Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary General said that he is following the situation in India and Bangladesh after cyclone Amphan struck the two countries and expressed sadness over the loss of lives. So far, the death toll in India and Bangladesh is at 85 and 22 respectively, reports PTI.

01:11 PM IST

No incident of Sunderbans tigers straying into human habitat amid cyclone

The fencing that separates the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve from the human habitation was damaged in at least three places as cyclone Amphan has ravaged West Bengal but there was no incident of big cats straying into localities, a top forest department official said, reports PTI.

12:31 PM IST

Bengal BJP chief stopped from visiting affected areas

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh stopped by police from visiting the cyclone-ravaged areas of the South 24 Parganas district. Ghosh was on his way to Canning and Basanti, two of the many areas of the district affected by cyclone Amphan, to distribute relief materials, reports PTI.

12:26 PM IST

NDRF teams continue restoration work in West Bengal, Odisha

Several teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in both West Bengal and Odisha for carrying out restoration work in the areas that have been affected due to the impact of Cyclone Amphan.

12:19 PM IST

Don't run Shramik special trains in Bengal till May 26, Mamata tells Railways

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the Railway Ministry not to send Shramik Special trains to the state till May 26 in view of Cyclone Amphan, reports PTI.

12:11 PM IST

West Bengal reports 85 deaths

The death toll due to Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal has risen to 85, as angry Kolkatans resorted to protest and road blockades in various parts of the city over the administration's failure to restore normalcy even after three days, reports PTI.

First published: May 23, 2020 12:04 IST