The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 1,000 crore advance interim assistance for West Bengal two days after West Bengal, Odisha and the neighbouring country of Bangladesh were devastated by the cyclone Amphan. The PM Modi who was accompanied by Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on the helicopter undertook an aerial survey of the areas ravaged by the cyclone Amphan in the various parts of the states. According to reports, at least 80 people were killed as a result of the cyclone adding to the deaths of the people succumbing to the coronavirus.
Mamta Banerjee, the chief Minister of West Bengal said that the state has suffered losses of more than Rs1 lakh crore in the fiercest cyclone to hit the state in over 100 years and demanded that the cyclone Amphan should be declared as a national disaster.
Meanwhile PM Narendra Modi said that the Union Government will extend help to the state and said that the Centre will also deploy a team to assess the extent of damage in the state. He ensured that the whole nation is there with the people of West Bengal in this time of distress and despair.
Meanwhile, rescue operations have begun across West Bengal with civic authorities clearing trees from roads that were blocking movement of vehicles and electric cables that are hanging low. It will take a few days for the overall assessment by the state administration before restoration work begins.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Chief mister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal and many other leaders expressed their condolences to the devasted states of West Bengal and Odisha.