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May 21, 2020 11:06 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Cyclone Amphan Highlights | PM Narendra Modi to undertake aerial survey of affected areas tomorrow

Live updates: After making landfall at 2.30 pm between Digha in West Bengal and Bangladesh's Hatiya island yesterday, Cyclone Amphan cut a swathe through the coastal areas.

Hello and welcome to Moneycontrol’s coverage of Cyclone Amphan, pronounced as UM-PUN. The extremely severe cyclone packing winds of up to 190 kmph on May 20 rampaged through coastal Odisha and West Bengal, dumping heavy rain, swamping homes and farmland, and leaving at least three people dead, officials said. No casualties have been reported from Odisha yet.

After making landfall at 2.30 p.m. between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya island in Bangladesh, cyclone Amphan cut a swathe through the coastal areas, flattening fragile dwellings, uprooting trees and electric poles. At least 6.58 lakh people were evacuated in West Bengal and Odisha before the cyclone struck.

Despite losing its force a bit since May 19, the storm, which was categorised as super cyclone at one point of time, left the two eastern states on edge as it hollered on its destructive path. Catch LIVE updates here:
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  • May 21, 2020 10:47 PM IST
  • May 21, 2020 10:45 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Bandhan Bank services impacted in some areas of West Bengal, Odisha

    Kolkata-headquartered Bandhan Bank on Thursday said its services have been impacted in some areas of West Bengal and Odisha due to Amphan and the cyclone is likely to impact business worth Rs 260 crore.

    The lender expects to resume banking services in these areas shortly. As per the initial assessment, in our areas of operations, 49 banking units (micro banking outlet) in five districts were impacted, of which 45 are operational on Thursday, Bandhan Bank said in a regulatory filing.

     "Where the outlets could not continue services, it was due to issues in accessibility. We expect these outlets to resume operations shortly," it said.

  • May 21, 2020 10:43 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Two NDRF teams airlifted to West Bengal, Odisha from Pune

    Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were airlifted on Thursday from Pune to join rescue operations in cyclone-hit West Bengal and
    Odisha, said an official.

    We have sent 80 people in these two teams to West Bengal and Odisha. The flight took off on Thursday evening from Pune's Lohegaon airport, the official said here. We have sent the teams with proper precaution for COVID-19 as well. We will be facing two challenges at the same time rescue operations and coronavirus infection, he said.

    The teams underwent special training as NDRF personnel will have to rescue and support people and avoid any contact with them at the same time, he added. 
     

  • May 21, 2020 10:40 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Patnaik seeks house damage report in 7 days

    After making an aerial survey of the Amphan-affected districts, Odisha Chief Minister directed officials to assess the damage caused to agriculture crop in the next three days and survey of damage to houses and buildings in a week.

    "The cyclone has severely damaged houses, standing crops, electrical infrastructure and uprooted trees in many districts. Steps are being taken on a war footing to restore normalcy," Patnaik said.   The chief minister has expressed deep concern at the extensive damage especially to standing crops in the cyclone-affected districts, an official in the CMO said, adding that Patnaik has ordered for the repair of damaged infrastructure and early restoration of normalcy in these districts.

  • May 21, 2020 10:01 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | With Cyclone COVID-19 cases likely to rise in Bengal

    Amphan wreaking havoc in West Bengal, including Kolkata, senior medical practitioners at the frontline in the war against COVID-19 are apprehensive that the number of cases would rise substantially in the days ahead as the social-distancing norms would go up in smoke and there would be curbs on the spending to tackle the pandemic.

    "The way the number of cases is going up in the state, the cyclone will bring in catastrophe. At most of these shelter homes and camps, there is no scope for maintaining any form of social distancing. You can imagine the level of infection it will cause," said a senior doctor of a government hospital, who did not wish to be named.

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  • May 21, 2020 09:53 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | 10 killed as cyclone Amphan batters Bangladesh

    Cyclone 'Amphan' which battered West Bengal has also wreaked havoc in Bangladesh, killing at least 10 people, devastating coastal villages, inundating many areas and damaging scores of houses, officials said on Thursday.

    The cyclone claimed 10 lives, state minister for disaster management Enamur Rahman told a media briefing. Initial reports from the coastlines suggested most of the deaths were caused by accidents like trees falling on people and wall collapse. A Red Crescent volunteer drowned during an evacuation bid. (PTI)

  • May 21, 2020 09:24 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Tomorrow, PM Narendra Modi will travel to West Bengal and Odisha to take stock of the situation in the wake of cyclone Amphan. He will conduct aerial surveys and take part in review meetings, where aspects of relief and rehabilitation will be discussed: PM's Office.

  • May 21, 2020 09:12 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Odisha extends helping hand to West Bengal

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik came forward on Thursday to provide all possible assistance to West Bengal, which has been ravaged by Cyclone Amphan that killed at least 72 people and left a trail of destruction in the state.

    He directed the chief secretary to remain in touch with his West Bengal counterpart and ensure all possible assistance to the neighbouring state, an official statement issued by the chief minister's office said.

    "The people of Odisha stand with the people of West Bengal at this hour of crisis," Patnaik said. While the cyclone caused minimal damage to Odisha as it passed along the state coast on Wednesday, it inflicted extensive damage in vast areas of West Bengal.

  • May 21, 2020 09:09 PM IST
  • May 21, 2020 08:25 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit West Bengal tomorrow to take an aerial review of cyclone Amphan's aftermath.

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