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Cyclone Amphan Hits West Bengal; High-Speed Winds Uproot Trees, Electric Poles

Severe cyclonic storm Amphan made a landfall in West Bengal on Wednesday and caused severe damages in Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas districts and their nearby areas, with a wind speed ranging from 155 to 185 kmph, accompanied by heavy rainfall.

India | | May 21, 2020, 10:22 am
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 Severe cyclonic storm Amphan made a landfall in West Bengal witnessing high-speed winds exceeding 100 kmph accompanied by heavy rains. (Image: News18)

Severe cyclonic storm Amphan made a landfall in West Bengal witnessing high-speed winds exceeding 100 kmph accompanied by heavy rains. (Image: News18)

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 The cyclone is said to be one of the worst to form over the Bay of Bengal in many years. (Image: News18)

The cyclone is said to be one of the worst to form over the Bay of Bengal in many years. (Image: News18)

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 According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Director General Mrityunjay Mohapatra said the eye of the cyclone, which is 30 km in diameter, has touched the land. (Image: News18)

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Director General Mrityunjay Mohapatra said the eye of the cyclone, which is 30 km in diameter, has touched the land. (Image: News18)

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 Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, Alipore Met Dept, (Eastern region), said the circular structure of the cyclone started making landfall in Bengal on May 20. (Image: News18)

Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, Alipore Met Dept, (Eastern region), said the circular structure of the cyclone started making landfall in Bengal on May 20. (Image: News18)

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 Areas such as Sagar Island, Kakdwip and Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas and Digha and Haldia in East Midnapore were battered by the storm, uprooting trees and electric poles and destroying many shacks. (Image: News18)

Areas such as Sagar Island, Kakdwip and Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas and Digha and Haldia in East Midnapore were battered by the storm, uprooting trees and electric poles and destroying many shacks. (Image: News18)

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 Destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. (Image: News18)

Destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. (Image: News18)

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 Firhad Hakim, Administrator of the state's largest civic body, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, said,

Firhad Hakim, Administrator of the state's largest civic body, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, said, "We are keeping a close watch on the situation. The storm has caused some trees getting uprooted and power failure in various parts of the city. We have shifted a number of people from old dilapidated buildings in Kolkata to temporary rescue centres. Some of them have, however, refused to get relocated. Our officials are monitoring the situation on an hourly basis". (Image: News18)

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 Meanwhile, as many as five lakh people in West Bengal and 1.5 lakh in Odisha have been evacuated as per the data submitted by the state governments, the National Disaster Response Force said. (Image: News18)

Meanwhile, as many as five lakh people in West Bengal and 1.5 lakh in Odisha have been evacuated as per the data submitted by the state governments, the National Disaster Response Force said. (Image: News18)

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 The destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. (Image: News18)

The destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. (Image: News18)

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 The destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. (Image: News18)

The destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. (Image: News18)

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 Water-logged streets in Kolkata due to super cyclone Amphan. (Image: News18)

Water-logged streets in Kolkata due to super cyclone Amphan. (Image: News18)

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 The destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. (Image: News18)

The destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. (Image: News18)

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 Water-logged streets in Kolkata due to super cyclone Amphan. (Image: News18)

Water-logged streets in Kolkata due to super cyclone Amphan. (Image: News18)

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 The destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. (Image: News18)

The destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. (Image: News18)

  • First Published: May 21, 2020, 8:32 am

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