Cyclone Amphan: Army provides five columns to help West Bengal in restoration work

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After the West Bengal government called for Army support to help in restoration of infrastructure and essential services in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, the Indian Army has provided five columns to help the Kolkata City administration.

“Based on request from the Govt of West Bengal, Indian Army has provided five columns to assist Kolkata City Civil Administration in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan,” Army sources said. An Army column consists of around 35 personnel including officers and JCOs.

“Government of West Bengal mobilises maximum strength in unified command mode on a 24×7 basis for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services asap. Army support has been called for; NDRF and SDRF teams deployed,” West Bengal Home Department had earlier tweeted.

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The Department further said that the most essential services, like water and electricity, are being restored fast.

“Drinking water and drainage infrastructure getting restored fast. PHE asked to supply water pouches in gap pockets. Generators being hired where necessary. More than a hundred teams from multiple departments and bodies working for cutting of fallen trees which is the key to restoration of power in localities,” it read.

Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to the state, had praised the WB government’s efforts under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to tackle the situation caused by Cyclone Amphan and COVID-19 crisis.

The Prime Minister has also announced Rs 1,000 crore relief package for West Bengal and Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured in the destruction caused by Cyclone Amphan.

(With ANI inputs)

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