Cyclone Amphan: Governments of West Bengal and Odisha are leaving no stone unturned in helping people
Kolkata: With Cyclone Amphan likely to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya islands in Bangladesh in less than 24 hours, the Governments of West Bengal and Odisha are leaving no stone unturned in helping people that are most likely to face the impact of the cyclonic storm.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “At least three lakh people have been evacuated from coastal areas of West Bengal in view of the impending super cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ and all steps have been taken to deal with any eventuality arising out of it.”
CM Mamata Banerjee further said that she and senior state government officials are directly monitoring the situation and announced several helpline numbers.
Kolkata Police has already issued advisories to people along with helpline numbers. Other districts are also following suit as Amphan is rapidly approaching the coast.
Kolkata Police tweeted, “A special Control Room for cyclone Amphan will be functional from tomorrow 8 am onwards. In case of any emergency please do get in touch with us on the below numbers 033-2214-3024, 033-2214-1310, 033-2214-3230 and WhatsApp No. 9432624365.”
Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma tweeted: Avoid coming out from your homes during the cyclone period. Take all precautions.
The meteorological department, which has issued an “orange message” for West Bengal, has warned of extensive damage in Kolkata, Hooghly, Howrah, South and North 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts.
Odisha government has launched a massive evacuation drive for cyclone Amphan, which has intensified into a super cyclonic storm. Six districts in the State have been put on high alert. Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed to respond to any emergency;
The Central government has assured all help to Odisha and West Bengal, while the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed around 41 teams in Odisha and West Bengal for rescue and relief efforts.