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Saturday, Sep 26, 2020

Highlights| Bengal staring at record agri-loss due to Cyclone Amphan: Minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that centre has allocated a sum of 1,000 crore to the West Bengal government for immediate assistance. He also said that 2 lakh will be given to the families of the deceased and 50,000 will be given to those that have been injured.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: May 22, 2020 23:34 IST
Highlights| Bengal staring at record agri-loss due to Cyclone Amphan: Minister

Cyclone Amphan, which hit India’s eastern coast yesterday with winds gusting up to 185 kmph has affected 4.5 million people across 1,500 villages of Odisha. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee conducted aerial survey of the areas that have suffered the wrath of the cyclone. Banerjee said that so far 80 people have lost their lives due to the cyclonic storm in the state. While Odisha government said that no death has occurred so far due to the storm. Bangladesh has recorded 22 deaths and many have been left displaced in the country's coastal areas. The Prime Minister also went to Odisha after leaving from West Bengal and carried out an aerial survey of the areas affected in the state. Cyclone Amphan is the most powerful cyclone to strike eastern India and Bangladesh in over a decade.

Here are the latest updates on Cyclone Amphan

11:32 PM IST

Saddened to hear about Cyclone Amphan hitting coasts of India, Bangladesh: Afghan President

Stating that he was saddened to hear about cyclone Amphan hitting coastal regions in India and Bangladesh, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday expressed his 'heartfelt condolences to the two friendly nations'.

11:09 PM IST

Telecom networks operating at 65-70% capacity in affected districts

Telecom networks continued to operate at 65-70% capacity on the third day after super cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in coastal districts of West Bengal, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said on Friday.

Continuous power outages, frequent fibre cuts and electricity wires on roads have made restoration of telecom networks a challenging task, COAI said.

11:07 PM IST

Bengal staring at record agri-loss due to Cyclone Amphan: Minister

Cyclone Amphan has ravaged the farming sector in at least 14 of the 23 districts in West Bengal and the loss incurred may create an all-time record, state Agriculture Minister Ashish Banerjee said on Friday.

08:42 PM IST

Nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal and Odisha: PM Modi

The nation stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in West Bengal and Odisha. The Central Government assures all possible support as well as assistance towards the rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction efforts: PM Modi

08:23 PM IST

Cyclone Amphan effect on Nagapattinam; fishing harbour wall damaged

High tides due to the 'Amphan' cyclone that played havoc in West Bengal have caused damage to the rubble mound wall in the fishing harbour under construction at a cost of 120 crore at Tarangambadiin Nagapattinam district.

07:38 PM IST

PM Modi said Odisha has made a good name for itself in rescue, relief nd restoration measure: Odisha Chief Secretary

The road forward for us is to strengthen our infrastructure (like power and housing) and make it cyclone resilient. PM Modi said Odisha has made a good name for itself in rescue, relief nd restoration measures: Chief Secretary of Odisha Asit Kumar Tripathy

06:23 PM IST

PM Modi announces ex-gratia of 2 lakh to next of kin of deceased in Odisha

Expressing solidarity with the people of Odisha and deep sorrow for the lives lost, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and 50,000 to the seriously injured in the cyclone in the state: Government of India

06:11 PM IST

My prayers, thoughts and love to those affected by Amphan: Shah Rukh Khan

Bollywood superstar and West Bengal brand ambassador Shah Rukh Khan has expressed concern for those affected by the super cyclone Amphan which has devastated the state, and also affected parts of Odisha.

06:10 PM IST

PM Modi announces advance assistance of 500 crore for cyclone-hit Odisha

Government of India announces 500 crore for Odisha, as a measure in advance. Government will further help Odisha government and make rest of the arrangements to come out of this crisis, after the complete survey and the formation of a rehabilitation plan: PM Narendra Modi

06:08 PM IST

European Union announces $5,45,000 aid for India in wake of Cyclone Amphan

The EU is determined to start helping people in need with no further delay and provides initial funding of €500.000 for India and €1.100.000 to support the immediate response in Bangladesh: Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management (European Union), reports ANI.

05:54 PM IST

PM Modi holds review meeting in Bhubaneswar over Cyclone Amphan

Odisha: Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a review meeting with senior officials and minister of the state in Bhubaneswar after his aerial survey of the areas affected due to Cyclone Amphan. CM Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi are also present, reports ANI.

05:36 PM IST

Nepal expresses grief over loss of lives in West Bengal due to Cyclone Amphan

Nepal government is grieved over loss of lives and destruction of properties in West Bengal by Cyclone Amphan. Government extends its heartfelt condolences to bereaved families of deceased as well as to Indian Govt. It also wishes speedy recovery of injured: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nepal

04:10 PM IST

22 opposition parties resolve to call upon Centre to provide urgent help in view of Cyclone Amphan

22 opposition parties resolve to call upon Centre to provide urgent help to fellow citizens in view of Cyclone Amphan. The parties call upon Centre to declare Cyclone Amphan as national calamity: Resolution., reports PTI.

03:56 PM IST

Death toll in Bangladesh reaches 22

Bangladesh began assessing the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan that killed at least 22 people and left many displaced in the country's coastal areas. It was the most powerful storm since cyclone 'Sidr' killed nearly 3,500 people in 2007, reports PTI.

03:36 PM IST

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina speaks to Bengal chief Minister Mamata Banerjee amid cyclone crisis

Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh had a telephonic conversation with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to enquire about the damages caused due to Cyclone Amphan, reports ANI.

First published: May 22, 2020 09:24 IST