As cyclone Amphan made landfall at 2pm on May 20, several people took to social media platforms to share the videos of torrential rains pouring in parts of Bengal and Odisha. While the meteorological department tagged the cyclone as an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’, more than three lakh people also evacuated Bengal ahead of the storm. With copious amounts of rain and gusty winds, one can see the high-velocity winds tearing through trees and rocking construction in the videos that surfaced on the internet.
The wind speeds has now above 100 kmph. Cyclone Amphan in North 24 PGS pic.twitter.com/pdhSPFbHgX— अमित कुमार चंद्रवंशी (@rawaniamitkumar) May 20, 2020
#CycloneAmphan touches costal Digha, West Bengal an hour ago and heading towards West Bengal . Look at the devastating power of nature.— NΛZRE IMΛM (@nazreimam_01) May 20, 2020
Pray for their safety and minimum damage. #CycloneAmphanUpdate pic.twitter.com/40adyb3ERw
Meanwhile, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) chief SN Pradhan and India Meteorological Department (IMD) chief Mrityunjay Mohapatra in a press conference on May 20 confirmed that the process of landfall of Cyclone Amphan had commenced.
Pradhan mentioned that the Odisha and West Bengal commandants are camping in Balasore and Kakdwip respectively. He added that 20 NDRF teams had been deployed in Odisha while 19 NDRF teams are in West Bengal. Highlighting the experience of Cyclone Fani, he asserted that all teams were equipped with tree/pole cutters for post-landfall restoration.