Cyclone ‘Bulbul’, which made landfall between Sagar Islands in South 24 Parganas and Khepupara in Bangladesh has affected more than six lakh people in different parts of Bengal. It has left a trail of destruction in its wake, causng widespread damage to the crops and houses in the area. Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba took stock of the relief and restoration works in the aftermath of the cyclone over West Bengal and Odisha in the meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee.
The NCMC assured all central assistance in terms of additional stocks of food items, drinking water, health services as well as restoration of telecom and power services.
Central teams would be visiting the affected areas in both the states within this week to take stock of the damages.
– The NCMC assured all central assistance in terms of additional stocks of food items, drinking water, health services
– NCMC has assured of restoration of telecom and power services
– Central teams would be visiting the affected areas in both states within this week to take stock of the damages
Though no human casualty was reported from Odisha, there has been extensive damage to standing crops in over two lakhs hectares. Power and water supplies have been restored barring a few areas where services are expected to be resumed by Tuesday. In West Bengal as many as 1.78 lakh people have been shifted to 471 relief camps set up in the state. WB chief Minister Mamata Banerjee undertook an aerial survey of the cyclone- ravaged areas and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of each of those killed in the storm.
Meanwhile in Bangladesh, at least 13 people were killed and over 20 others injured as Cyclone Bulbul wreaked havoc , destroying houses, trees and displacing thousands of people. The cyclone packed winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour made a predawn landfall in Bangladesh on Sunday. The cyclone, which later became a deep depression, ravaged about 5,000 homes. The authorities have ordered a temporary ban on boat and ferry movements in internal riverine routes and coastal waters, besides closing air traffic operations near coastal airports for nearly 24 hours.