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84 dead as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall in India and Bangladesh


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84 dead as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall in India and Bangladesh. The storm left a trail of destruction as it battered the coastal areas of the two countries, flooding many areas and destroying homes and infrastructure. Millions of people were evacuated in India and Bangladesh before the cyclone made landfall.

PM Modi has decided to travel to West Bengal and Odisha. The cyclone made landfall in eastern India on Wednesday bringing winds of up to 160kmph (100mph). At least 84 people have died and many homes destroyed. The world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh was also hit. PM Modi says “No stone will be left unturned in helping the affected.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Kolkata shortly before 11 am to take stock of the ground situation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan and conduct aerial surveys in West Bengal and Odisha. Cyclone Amphan – the worst in 283 years – has killed 72 people. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar received him at the airport. Governor Dhankhar too will fly with PM Modi and Ms. Banerjee on the aerial survey in the state.

All three – the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister, and the Governor – were seen in face masks.

The cyclone swept through several parts of Bengal, including capital Kolkata on Wednesday, leaving behind a trail of destruction, with thousands of homes damaged, and trees and electric poles uprooted.

This is PM Modi’s first travel outside Delhi in nearly three months as he remained in Delhi because of the nationwide lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

News Source: NDTV

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