PM Modi conducts aerial survey of cyclone-hit West Bengal, CM Banerjee present

PM Modi conducting an aerial survey of cyclone-hit Bengal on Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is conducting an aerial survey of the areas affected by Cyclone Amphan, along with state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Earlier PM Modi was received by CM Banerjee on arrival at Kolkata Airport. He will also take part in review meetings in which relief and rehabilitation will be discussed.

Meanwhile, CM Banerjee said, “Till now we have got the information that 80 people have died.”

Banerjee on Thursday said that Rs 1000 crore fund has been created for restoration work for areas affected in cyclone Amphan, which has claimed lives of 72 people in the state. She had also urged the Prime Minister to visit the state.

The extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan moved north-northeastwards and crossed West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya (Bangladesh) near Sundarbans on Wednesday afternoon as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.

It weakened into a severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday night over Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences said it further weakened into a cyclonic storm over Bangladesh in the early hours of Thursday. Subsequently, it weakened into a deep depression and lay centred at 11.30 am today over Bangladesh about 300 km east-northeast of Kolkata, 110 km south-southeast of Dhubri and 80 km south-southeast of Rangpur in Bangladesh.

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