The fiercest cyclone to hit West Bengal in 100 years left 72 people dead

 

 

Cyclone Amphan weakened Thursday, a day after tearing through West Bengal where 72 people were killed and two districts were 'completely devastated' with thousands of people left homeless, bridges washed away and low-lying areas in waist deep water.The fiercest cyclone to hit West Bengal in 100 years destroyed mud houses and crops, and uprooted trees and electric poles.

It also wreaked havoc in Odisha damaging power and telecom infrastructure in several coastal districts. Odisha government officials estimated that the cyclone has affected around 44.8 lakh people in the state.

Senior officials of the West Bengal government said it was too early to estimate the exact death toll or damage to property as the worst hit areas were still not accessible.In Kolkata, hundreds of cars were overturned in the strong winds with speed up to 125 kmph that also felled trees and electricity poles blocking key arterial roads and intersections. Large parts of Kolkata and other affected districts went without power.

Mobile and internet services were also disrupted as the fierce cyclone had damaged several communication towers.Residents recalled 'living through hell' for six hours as the winds howled incessantly.Windows buckled from the pressure of the storm, cars floated on water logged roads, bumping against each other.Parts of air conditioners were flying around like missiles.Buses and taxis crashed against each other, small fishing boats turned turtle and grounded planes shook at the inundated Kolkata airport.

Packing heavy rain and winds with speeds of up to 190 kmph, the cyclone barrelled through coastal districts of North and South 24 Parganas of Bengal and Odisha on Wednesday unleashing copious rain and windstorm.

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