Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Thursday reviewed the situation in the cyclone-affected areas of Odisha and West Bengal with the States and Central Ministries/Agencies concerned in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan. Chief Secretaries of West Bengal and Odisha participated in the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) meeting through video conference.
According to an official press release, Chief Secretaries of Odisha and West Bengal informed that timely and accurate forecast by IMD and advance the deployment of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) facilitated in the evacuation of about 5 lakh people in West Bengal and about 2 lakh in Odisha.
The NDRF is moving additional teams in West Bengal to speed up restoration work especially in Kolkata. Food Corporation of India will ensure adequate availability of food grains, especially rice, to West Bengal so that marooned people are provided immediate sustenance, the release said.
NCMC reviews Rescue and Relief operations in cyclone hit areas of Odisha and West Bengal @NDRFHQ facilitated in evacuation of about 5 lakh people in WB & about 2 lakh in Odisha— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) May 21, 2020
Provide all required assistance to both States: Cab Sec#Amphan
The West Bengal government informed that there was major damage to agriculture, power, and telecommunication facilities in cyclone-affected areas. Odisha informed that damage has been mainly limited to agriculture. Reviewing rescue and restoration efforts, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba directed that officers of Central Ministries/Agencies should remain in close touch with Odisha and West Bengal state governments and provide all required assistance expeditiously:
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will be sending teams to carry out an early assessment of damages and submit a report.
We are closely monitoring the cyclone Amphan and are in continuous touch with concerned authorities.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 21, 2020
I have also spoken to CM Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik ji & CM West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee ji over situation arising due to the cyclone and assured all possible help from centre.
PM @narendramodi’s government is committed for the safety and security of every citizen.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 21, 2020
NDRF teams are already on ground to help people in need.
I urge people of West Bengal and Odisha to stay indoor and follow instructions.
Praying for everyone’s safety and well being.
Packing heavy rain and winds with speeds of up to 190 kph, extremely severe cyclone Amphan slammed Digha coast of West Bengal at 2.30 pm on Wednesday, triggering heavy rainfall and gusting in various parts of the state. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been monitoring the situation at state secretariat Nabanna since Tuesday night, said the impact of Amphan was "worse than coronavirus".
The "super cyclonic storm" Amphan has moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 27 kilometres per hour during the past six hours, further weakened into a "cyclonic storm" and lay centred on Thursday over Bangladesh. "It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a deep depression during the next 3 hours and into a depression during subsequent 6 hours," IMD said in its bulletin on Thursday morning.
It has also issued a heavy rainfall warning for Assam and Meghalaya stating that light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places very likely over the western districts of Assam and Meghalaya on May 21.
(With agency inputs)