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.
This is from my terrace this morning. Trees on both sides of the road all over. People now taking photos in horror. We haven’t ever seen things like this before in Kolkata. #CycloneAmphan pic.twitter.com/IcYReBounw
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) May 21, 2020
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.
#CycloneAmphan has completely inundated parts of the Rohingya refugee camps. Many of the plastic shelters and their mud foundations will be completely collapsing.
These are the images Rohingya are sharing from today, even with the centre of the storm a long way off pic.twitter.com/mRX39DEsyx
— Kaamil Ahmed (@KaamilAhmed) May 20, 2020
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.