12 killed as cyclone Amphan batters Bengal at 165kmph
BHUBANESHWAR/KOLKATA: Barrelling in from the Bay of Bengal with wind speeds of up to 185kmph, severe cyclonic storm Amphan on Wednesday cut a swathe through northern Odisha before bearing down on West Bengal, where it claimed 10 to 12 lives, flattened houses and cast aside trees and electricity poles like matchsticks in six-and-a-half hours of monstrous fury that left Kolkata and most of south Bengal pulverised.
While Odisha was spared the worst of Amphan, the Sunderbans region and six south Bengal districts felt the full impact of winds gusting at 155-165kmph along with torrential rain after Amphan made landfall near Sagar Island around 2.30pm and entered Kolkata, about a 100km north, around 5pm.
CM Mamata Banerjee said there were reports of “at least 10-12 deaths” and “untold devastation”, adding that it would take a few days to assess the extent of the damage and destruction. One of the deaths was reported in Howrah’s Shalimar and two more in North 24-Parganas. The cyclone also razed to the ground many buildings in the south Bengal.
Mobile and broadband networks went on the blink while many Kolkata neighbourhoods were without power till late in the night. Transformer fires were reported across the city.
No loss of life was officially reported in Odisha, which along with Bengal had carried out a massive evacuation exercise over three days after receiving the IMD’s cyclone alert. Over 5 lakh people in Bengal and 1.58 lakh in Odisha were moved to safer places before Amphan struck.
Mamata appealed to the Centre to view the calamity in a “humane way” and not politically, saying South and North 24-Paraganas had been “ravaged”.
Regional Meteorological Centre director GK Das called Amphan the “strongest cyclone to hit Kolkata this century and fiercer than Aila in terms of wind speed”.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/49927.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
I live in Kolkata, electricity restored within half hour of storm going away for me and just a few loss of lives. Mamata did an excellent job. The kind of cyclone we saw was worse than nightmare. Even after I have electricity and water is nothing but a miracle. Really Didi did a commendable job.
And mamata is snoring. Useless CM. Does nothing for the state.
Who is good cm please suggest some name..or state.please answer me brother???
Manta didi great useless lady now again show her useless brain
Bengali Freedom Fighter
I am sure that Bengal will rise from these natural calamities.
Yes. Bengal is a heaven. We all know.
Rampur Ka Laxman
Mamta is truely gandhian and nationslistic leader. Yogi n bjp letting migrants to perish on roads and tracks
Feku and Rogi left migrants to die on roads and allowing planes for rich people
Only one man can stop this Cyclone. He is Rajinikanth.
Everybody should appreciate what this iron lady did....She saved lakhs of life's from disaster by organizing everything. Otherwise devastation from super cyclone would have been devastating
One of my friend said since 3 days they are hungry and no food arranged by go nment.
I think this time Mamata will not blame Modi ji and BJP that AMPHAN is sent by central go nment. It is a natural occurance.
Now already the chief minister is asking for grants like beggers. The Centre must directly do the relief distribution or they must do it through charitable organisations like Bharat Seva Ashram. Don't allow this party guys to loot again...
现在首席部长已经像乞丐一样要求印度中央拨款了，中央必须直接分发救济物资，或者通过Bharat Seva Ashram这样的慈善组织来分发，别让这些家伙趁机打劫了……
Bengal faced the maximum brunt of the super cyclone..... relief should be provided to the distressed without delay and no politics now
Why can't this disaster immigrate to Gujrat?
As long as she is in power Bengal will not improve. Even nature is against her. I can't understand how people of Bengal are tolerating her?
The Centre should step in and helo the people of W Bengal directly. if routed through Mamata the Hindus will get nothing.
Sorry for the people who died. Some damages could have controlled by shutting down the electricity before the incidence. This is not the time to blame the center, as it has given the timely help, otherwise the death toll could have more.Request CM not to politicise and shut her mouth and work for the people.
Poor management by state goverment. Media is not covering actual ground report.
Jerald Sabu M
Great management of disaster by Madam Mamta Banerjee. She saved lakhs of live.