West Bengal, Odisha witnesses nature's fury as Cyclone Amphan ravages both states
Nature's fury hits West Bengal, Odisha
Amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the coastal states of West Bengal and Odisha faced the wrath of Cylcone Amphan on Thursday.
Though weakened, the cyclone teared through West Bengal where 72 people were killed and two districts were completely devastated.
The fiercest cyclone to hit West Bengal in 100 years destroyed mud houses and crops, and uprooted trees and electric poles.
CM Mamata Banerjee said she would visit the affected areas very soon and that the restoration work would resume at the earliest.
Nearly 45 lakh people in Odisha were affected by the cyclone, uprooting trees and flattening fragile dwellings, a senior Odisha official said.
The power infrastructure and the farm sector have also suffered a considerable damage in Odisha.
The cyclonic storm, which triggered heavy rains and accompanied high-velocity winds gusting up to 190 kmph in coastal areas, made a landfall in the Sunderbans in West Bengal on Wednesday.