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May 20, 2020 11:20 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Cyclone Amphan Highlights: 19 NDRF teams deployed near coast, as super cyclone crosses West Bengal

Live updates: Cyclone Amphan made landfall at 2.30 pm. Over five lakh people have been evacuated in West Bengal while over 1.58 lakh have been taken to safety in Odisha.

Hello and welcome to Moneycontrol’s coverage of Cyclone Amphan, pronounced as UM-PUN -- a super cyclone -- weakened into an extremely severe cyclonic storm on May 19 but still packed enough force to pulverise coastal districts of Odisha and West Bengal where lakhs of people were evacuated from vulnerable areas and shifted to safety.

The cyclonic storm lay centred about 170 km south of West Bengal's Digha as an extremely severe cyclonic storm over west central Bay of Bengal and is likely to make landfall near Sunderbans between afternoon and evening on May 20, the MeT department said.

In a bid to safeguard people, West Bengal has mounted one of its biggest evacuation exercises by moving more than three lakh people to safer places. Catch LIVE updates here:
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  • May 20, 2020 11:00 PM IST
  • May 20, 2020 10:27 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Cyclone hurt West Bengal more than COVID-19: CM

    West Bengal has been affected by cyclone Amphan than the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said addressing a press conference. She said that damages due to super cyclone Amphan could be worth Rs 1 lakh crore.

  • May 20, 2020 10:19 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | 19 NDRF teams deployed in coastal areas of WB

    19 NDRF teams have been deployed in coastal areas of West Bengal. NDRF teams assisted the local administration in the safe evacuation of more than 5 lakh people to safer places, till now: Public Relations, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) (ANI)

  • May 20, 2020 10:17 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | NDRF has deployed its 39 self-contained rescue and relief teams in coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha in view of cyclonic storm Amphan. As many as 20 NDRF teams are deployed in the coastal areas of Odisha: Public Relations, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) (ANI)

  • May 20, 2020 09:59 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Over 1 million customers lose power supply in Bangladesh; 1 dead

    Over one million consumers in the coastal areas of Bangladesh were without power after strong winds snapped electricity lines and many houses destroyed as the country was hit by a powerful cyclone on Wednesday that killed at least one person.

    "More than one million consumers in at least 17 associations of the Rural Electrification Board have lost electricity," bdnews24.com reported.
    Apart from this, almost 40,000 customers of West Zone Power Distribution Company have lost electricity supply. (PTI)

  • May 20, 2020 09:54 PM IST
  • May 20, 2020 09:38 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Odisha govt seeks preliminary report from districts

    Odisha government has asked the district collectors to submit cyclone Amphan damage assessment reports within 48 hours. The cyclone has caused widespread damage in the coastal districts of the state. (IANS)

  • May 20, 2020 09:36 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Now the system will move north-northeasterly, gradually weaken and then become a depression tomorrow: HR Biswas, Director of IMD, Bhubaneswar (Odisha)

  • May 20, 2020 09:29 PM IST

    Cyclone Amphan LIVE updates | Naidu expresses concern over cyclone Amphan

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday expressed concern over the situation arising out of cyclone Amphan in West Bengal and Odisha. 
    The Vice President's Secretariat tweeted saying Naidu has expressed concern over the situation arising out of the cyclone. 

    "He spoke to the Union Minister Babul Supriyo, and Rajya Sabha MPs Manas Ranjan Bhunia & Sukhendu Sekhar Roy to ascertain the impact in West Bengal following the landfall of the cyclone," the VP Secretariat said. (PTI)

  • May 20, 2020 09:25 PM IST
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