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At Least 12 Dead As Cyclone Amphan Wrecks Havoc in West Bengal

Kolkata: Extraordinarily extreme cyclone ‘Amphan’ has killed not less than 12 individuals and ravaged Kolkata and a number of other components of West Bengal because it left behind a path of destruction by uprooting bushes, destroying 1000’s of properties and swamping low-lying areas of the state.

Whereas a person and a girl have been killed when bushes got here crashing down on them in North 24 Parganas district, a 13-year-old woman died in an analogous incident in adjoining Howrah, officers mentioned.

Three individuals have been killed in Hooghly and North 24 Paraganas districts because of electrocution, they mentioned.

A girl and her seven-year-old son have been killed within the Regent park space of Kolkata after a tree fell on them, the officers mentioned.

They mentioned an individual was killed in Kolkata after being hit by a flying object in the course of the storm.

Senior state officers mentioned it was too early to estimate a toll on life or injury to property because the hardest-hit areas have been nonetheless not accessible.

Packing heavy rain and winds with speeds of as much as 190 kmph, extraordinarily extreme cyclone Amphan slammed Digha coast of West Bengal at 2.30 pm on Wednesday, triggering heavy rainfall and gusting in varied components of the state.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been monitoring the state of affairs at state secretariat Nabanna since Tuesday evening, mentioned the affect of Amphan was “worse than coronavirus”.

The cyclone barrelled by means of coastal districts of North and South 24 Paraganas of Bengal, unleashing copious rain and windstorm, blowing away thatched homes, uprooting bushes, electrical poles and swamping low mendacity cities and villages, officers mentioned.

Sturdy winds with velocity as much as 125 kmph per hour upturned automobiles in Kolkata and felled bushes and electrical energy poles blocking vital roads and intersections.

Stories arriving in Kolkata from North and South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore mentioned roofs of thatched homes have been blown away, electrical poles obtained twisted and lots of of bushes damaged and uprooted.

There was a large energy reduce in massive components of Kolkata, North 24 Paraganas and South Paraganas. The cell and web providers have been additionally down because the cyclone had broken a number of communication towers.

Streets and houses in low mendacity areas of Kolkata have been swamped with rainwater.

Parts of a number of dilapidated buildings got here crashing down in Kolkata and different components of the state.

Embankments in Sundarban delta – a UNESCO website – have been breached because the surge whipped up by the cyclone inundated a number of kilometers of the Island.

TV footage confirmed gigantic tidal waves crashing right into a seawall in Digha and Sunderban area.

Thick sheets of rain blurred the state’s shoreline as surging waters engulfed mud-and-thatch homes, flattening them in a trice.

Heavy equipment was moved in to clear the roads blocked by falling bushes.

Greater than 5 lakh folks have been evacuated to security by the state authorities.

(PTI)

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