The Hush Post| 19:23 pm|one-minute-read|
Seventy-two people have died in West Bengal in the last 24 hours due to cyclone Amphan. Cyclone ravaged the capital city of Kolkata. It was ravaged many other parts of the state saw a trail of destruction as thousands of homes were destroyed.
The cyclone ran through the coastal districts of North and South 24 Paraganas of Bengal, unleashing copious rain and windstorm, blowing away thatched houses, uprooting trees, electric poles and swamping low lying towns and villages, the officials said.
As per reports, over 5,000 houses were destroyed in North 24 Parganas alone, while many trees lay uprooted and infrastructure damaged in Kolkata.
The mobile and internet services were also down as the cyclone had damaged several communication towers. Streets and homes in low lying Kolkata were inundated with rainwater.
The Ministry of Home Affairs will be sending teams to carry out an early assessment of damages and submit a report, the Union Government said on Thursday.
The Cyclone Amphan started crossing the Bangladesh coast around 5 pm on Wednesday. It had a wind speed of around 160 to 180-kph. It went up to 200-kph within 80-km of its center, meteorologist Abdul Mannan said.
The Cyclone Amphan was also responsible for wreaking havoc in Bangladesh, killing at least 10 people.
Cyclone ‘Amphan’ is the strongest to hit the region in nearly two decades. It was the most powerful storm since Cyclone ‘Sidr’ killed nearly 3,500 people in 2007.