The NDRF had deployed 19 teams in West Bengal for relief and rescue work during and after the cyclone Amphan that made landfall on May 20
The tropical cyclone had triggered damage in coastal parts, but it had spared Bhitarkanika National Park (BNP) and adjoining hamlets in Kendrapara district with lush-green luxuriant mangrove cover acting protective barrier to natures fury.
"Due to the geo-climatic location of Odisha and climate change impacts, cyclones are going to be a regular feature in summer, monsoon and post-monsoon months," Tripathy said.
The seven-member team, headed by Joint Secretary (Cyber and Information Security) in the Ministry of Home Affairs Anuj Sharma, arrived in Kolkata on Thursday evening on a three-day visit.
While there is a fear that premium refund would mean that insurers are exposed to higher risks, the reinsurance cover would come handy.
Cyclone Amphan could not have been more ill-timed for a state scarred by the outbreak of coronavirus.
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Private power utility, CESC Ltd, which supplies power to most parts of the metropolis claimed that 95 per cent of 33 lakh consumers have been reconnected to power.
On one hand, Cyclone Amphan has wreaked havoc in large parts of south Bengal and affected millions of people, while on the other, it has also opened up livelihood opportunities for electricians and daily wagers sitting idle for more than two months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
After coming to know the losses suffered by the students and their families, the association members have decided to provide urgent financial assistance to them, JUTA general secretary Parthapratim Roy said.
Earlier in the day, the Department of Telecom had asked the companies to bring the connectivity level to 95 per cent by Monday evening.
The cyclone has hit supplies and prices of most vegetables have spurt by 20 to 30 percent and will soar further, vendors said.
"Electricity for supplying water to industrial units has been restored. Despite massive damage to power structures and poles, we have completed maximum restoration job," Haldia Development Authority CEO Hari Shankar told PTI.
The chief minister conducted an aerial survey of the worst affected regions of South 24 Parganas district for the second consecutive day, after accompanying Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday.
Five columns of the Army were deployed in different parts of the city and North and South 24 Parganas districts, he said.
With livelihood lost and homes washed away, observers of the Sundarbans region feel the ecologically-fragile region, which has been under stress due to rising sea levels, would witness a migration surge in the months to come.
West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha in a letter to the Chairman of the Railway board V K Yadav dated May 22, stated that the state has been severely impacted by Super Cyclone Amphan on May 20-21 which caused extensive damage to the infrastructure.
In a circular, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) said there are reports of loss of human lives and loss of belongings in the cyclone affected districts, primarily in the states of West Bengal and Odisha.
A majority of the claims pertain to crop loss due to destruction of agriculture land as well as motor insurance losses.
Though there were reports of two cyclone-related deaths in Bhadrak and Kendrapara districts, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena claimed the causes were different.
At least 77 people have been reported killed so far in the state due to the extremely severe cyclone.
After reviewing the situation with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, the prime minister made this announcement in a video message.
Banerjee said it will take time to restore normalcy, with cyclone Amphan having ravaged at least seven to eight districts in Bengal.
During a telephonic conversation, Patnaik enquired about the intensity of the damage caused due to the extremely severe cyclonic storm and conveyed Odisha's absolute solidarity with the people of West Bengal at this hour of crisis, a statement released by the Odisha Chief Minister's Office said
Cyclone Amphan, the strongest to hit the region in nearly two decades, made landfall on Wednesday evening. It has battered several parts of the state, washing away bridges and swamping low-lying areas.