The fiercest cyclone to hit West Bengal in 100 years destroyed mud houses and crops, and uprooted trees and electric poles. I n May 2020, cyclone Amphan in West Bengal and Bangladesh destroyed everything that lay ahead of its path. #WATCH Very strong winds at Odisha's Kendrapara, as cyclone 'AMPHAN' is expected to make landfall near Sunderbans in West Bengal today evening. Most of the trees were over eight decades old but everything has got destroyed. Protests broke out in several pockets of Kolkata for the delay in restoring normalcy. The cyclone whipped right through the Sundarbans, which stretches across the border of India and Bangladesh along the Bay of Bengal. à§à¦à¦¿ ! The images of the devastation continue to give him sleepless nights. Among the worst affected districts in West Bengal are Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas, Kolkata, East and West Midnapore, Nadia and East Burdwan. The powerful storm ripped through eastern India and neighbouring Bangladesh. May 24, 2020; Kolkata: It was 22nd May 2020, that the Super cyclone Amphan hit West Bengal affecting 21,560 sq km of area. Cyclone Amphan News: 72 people dead in West Bengal, PM Modi to conduct aerial survey Friday. Md. Shyamali Pramanik, a 30-year-old homemaker who lives at Ghormara island in Sundarbans, broke down as she returned to the island, two days of Amphan along with her husband and minor daughter, “I had left livestock and a mud house before being shifted to a relief camp but nothing is left now except a collapsed wall with no roof. It would take at least seven years for the trees to start absorbing carbon dioxide. West Bengal, Odisha flooded as cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc The toll in India from the cyclone, including the two dead in Odisha on Wednesday, stood at 74 at the time of going to print. It was having winds with the speed of up to 190 km/h along with tremendous rainfall. The 35-year-old who lives on Kultali island of Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove ecosystem, considers himself lucky to have survived after having being shifted to a relief camp by a rescue team, hours before the disaster struck. Explore more on West Bengal Cyclone. Photo by Tirthankar Das. Image Fishing in the Sundarbans, a â¦ Now the target is 200 per shelter. Chief Wildlife Warden Ravi Kant Sinha said a control room had been set up at Gosaba in the district to monitor the situation in the mangrove jungles 24x7. We fear that around 38,000 tonnes of mangoes have been destroyed in the cyclone,” Sayed Nurul Islam, 50, a mango farmer at Poranpur village in Malda district, told Mongabay-India. Cyclone Amphan is the strongest tropical cyclone over Bay of Bengal since the 1999 Odisha cyclone. Two days after the tragedy, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took a joint aerial survey of the affected areas on May 22 and declared an advance assistance fund of Rs 10 billion for the relief work. The power utility company has said that it would take at least another few days to restore the power supply as the wires have got snapped in various places,” said Sujay Verma, 38, a software engineer who lives in EM bypass area of Kolkata. IMAGE: Milkmen wade through a flooded road after Cyclone â¦ â t prdhn -DG NDRF (@satyaprad1) May 19, 2020 9:18 pm: NDRF teams make announcements in coastal areas of West Bengal as part of their cyclone awareness program We're requesting people to follow instructions of govt&admn. The absence of internet further compounded the woes as the official work came to a complete halt. The COVID-19 pandemic apart, Cyclone Amphan brought Bengal to its knees in 2020, as the natural calamity claimed around 100 lives, left hundreds of â¦ 4 teams are ready in East Midnapore. Soon, the rising water and erosion will wipe off our existence,” said Pramanik. I sold eggs and livestock for livelihood but everything is gone. “The lockdown had already made it difficult to arrange water cans from the market. We have saved the lives of several people because of radio.”. âThe cyclone instilled fear among us. The West Bengal government estimates that 21,560 sq km of area has been affected in the cyclone impacting the lives of millions of people. West Bengal staring at record agri-loss due to Cyclone Amphan: Minister. Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan was a powerful and catastrophic tropical cyclone that caused widespread damage in Eastern India, specifically West Bengal, and also Bangladesh in May 2020. The cyclone has only added to our woes. Last Updated: 24th May, 2020 17:34 IST Utilities Of Cyclone-hit West Bengal Directed To Restore Power The West Bengal government on Sunday instructed the two power utilities of the state, WBSEDCL and CESC, to take firm action for restoring power in various parts of the state ravaged by cyclone Amphan. Follow Cyclone Amphan latest news here "Have been seeing visuals from West Bengal on the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan," the prime minister tweeted. Amphan, the report says, also qualifies as the costliest tropical cyclone of the year. Five cyclones formed over the â¦ The Very High Frequency (VHF) HAM radio stations were used to rescue people caught in the midst of the severe cyclone, “We operated 37 VHF HAM radio stations with the help of our 42 volunteers spread in various districts of the state. The heavy rainfall brought by the cyclone uprooted over 5,000 trees as well as several lampposts and traffic signals across the state. “We could house 20 to 30 people in one room but now we have instructed that not more than five people should be housed in one room. According to media reports, the state agriculture minister Ashish Banerjee had indicated that Cyclone Amphan has impacted the farming sector in at least 14 of the 23 districts in West Bengal and the loss incurred may create an all-time record. “I have never heard or seen something like this ever before. In this challenging hour, the â¦ It was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the Ganges Delta since Sidr of the 2007 season and the first super cyclonic storm to have formed in the Bay of Bengal since the 1999 Odisha cyclone. Read more: [Analysis] Cyclone Amphan puts focus back on millions displaced by climate disasters. Goa, Maharashtra, Northeast India, South India, Odisha, West Bengal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Djibouti, Oman, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Yemen: 8 5 >$15.78 billion 269 2019â20 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season 2: Madagascar, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Tromelin Island, Réunion: 8 7 $25 million 37 2020â21 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season For mango growers in Murshidabad and Malda districts of West Bengal are no different as the unfavourable climatic conditions coupled with lockdown had already led to severe losses, “The mango production sustained severe damage due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms during February-March, this year when the flowers were sprouting. Banner image: A man walks past a fallen tree and damaged car in Kolkata after Cyclone Amphan struck the city. Cyclone Amphan Smashed the State of West Bengal. Ghoramara island, that had a population of over 5,000 as per the 2011 census of India, now has just 650 people living on it. The district has 43 multipurpose cyclone shelters spread across seven blocks. A storm surge of about 4-5 m above the normal tidal height is forecast across the West Bengal â¦ According to media reports, the chief minister has said that three lakh (300,000) people have been evacuated to relief shelters in West Bengal. 3 billion. The cyclone has left at least 12 people dead and damaged infrastructure in West Bengal. It was also the fourth super cyclone that hit West Bengal since 1582, after 1737, 1833 and 1942, as well as being one of the strongest storâ¦ It led to huge destruction in Maharashtra, causing a large number of fatalities. A disaster management volunteer carries a sick child as villagers on the Bay of Bengal coast are evacuated as a precaution against Cyclone Amphan at Bakkhali, West Bengal state, India, May 19, 2020. Malda produces around 500,000 tonnes of mangoes every year with around 4 lakh people dependent on the mango trade. ''Amphan'' was the first cyclone of the year. The state government has confirmed that 86 people have lost their lives in West Bengal while the financial losses for the state have been pegged to around 1 lakh crore ($15.38 billion). The administration should have made arrangements for speedy repairs as the severity of the cyclone was known beforehand,” said Anjana Biswas, 42, a homemaker in central Kolkata. Find West Bengal Cyclone Latest News, Videos & Pictures on West Bengal Cyclone and see latest updates, news, information from NDTV.COM. This website follows the DNPA Code of Ethics, Make sure all words are spelled correctly. “We are going to witness at least 400 percent rise in the pollution level against the permissible limit of World Health Organisation (WHO) as most of the green cover of the city and districts have been lost in the cyclone. The financial crisis would have a long-term impact as it might deter farmers from mango cultivation next year. Increase in pollution is a concern post the lockdown. The rising air pollution would increase pulmonary diseases,” pointed out Somendra Mohan Ghosh, auto emissions consultant and environmentalist. Cyclone Amphan: It had hit Indian coasts in 2020, leading to major damage in West Bengal, along with the bordering areas. We're also requesting them to follow procedure as per preparations made by govt. Our volunteers communicated the information about people trapped in affected areas to the administration who in turn sent National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams for their rescue. [Analysis] Cyclone Amphan puts focus back on millions displaced by climate disasters, You may republish Mongabay content in your publication at no cost. The city airport was flooded in rainwater causing damage to a small private aircraft which was parked in a hangar and two hangars were destroyed. Cyclone Amphan Highlights: Centre announces Rs 1500 crore relief fund for West Bengal, Odisha Cyclone Amphan Highlights: Modi reviewed the situation in West Bengal and Odisha with chief ministers Mamata Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik, two days after the cyclone, the worst in years, devastated their states. Cyclone Amphan made landfall in West Bengal, India, near the Bangladeshi border. The coronavirus outbreak has been followed by cyclone Amphan. Ziaul Ahmed has fearful memories of howling winds blowing away tin-covers of houses when cyclone Amphan hit the eastern coast of India on May 20. Cyclone Amphan made its landfall in West Bengal between Digha and Hatiya on the afternoon of May 20, as a very severe cyclonic storm with sustained wind speeds of 155-165 kilometres per hour spiralling up to 185 kilometres per hour. Top 20 most searched Indian personalities of 2020 "It is normal to have five cyclones a year," he said. Apart from human and livestock casualties, the cyclone has caused severe losses to farmers by destroying their standing crops of paddy, mangoes, lychee when it was a time for harvest. The cyclone hit land near Sagar Island in West Bengal, India, at around 5 p.m. local time Wednesday (7.30 a.m. ... 2020 Hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones are becoming stronger, according to a new NOAA study. The super-cyclone made landfall at 4pm local time with winds of about 120mph (190km/h), causing storm surges of up to 5 metres (17ft), before moving northwards towards Kolkata, one â¦ Mongabay-India is a conservation and environment news and features service that aims to bring high quality, original reports from nature’s frontline in India. “We had around 150 trees but all have got uprooted in the fierce storm. We depended on selling timber for livelihood but nothing is left anymore. Burdwan (East) which is the largest paddy growing district of the state has suffered an estimated of around Rs. According to Mrityunjan Haldar, disaster management official, East Midnapore, the capacity of permanent cyclone shelters to house people has reduced to one-tenth in compliance with social distancing norms. On Saturday, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) reviewed the preparedness for the cyclone, which is likely to hit Odisha and West Bengal coast, and directed immediate assistance to the two states. Cyclone Amphan, hit West Bengal on May 20 claiming 86 lives so far and affecting over 10 million people in the eastern Indian state. The coastal state of Odisha and the neighbouring country of Bangladesh were also impacted by the cyclone. Most of them have fled over the years because of rapid erosion and rising water level shrinking it every day. “We have been living without power and potable water for over 60 hours. “We also managed to arrange ambulances for the people after getting messages on radio. At a time when internet and power connectivity had died down, radio proved to be of great help for the administration and those trapped in the affected areas across the state. River embankments have been breached in South and North 24 Parganas districts in West Bengal, leaving several houses inundated as water through the breaches slipped into remote settlements, mostly in the Sundarbans. NEW DELHI: No stone will be left unturned in helping those affected by cyclone 'Amphan', Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. Reported by: Anuj Sharma, Staff reporter, ABP Ananda. These shelters, however, are not housing migrant returnees in quarantine.”. Villagers repair a bank that was destroyed by sea waves at Bakkhali due to the landing of Cyclone Amphan, near Sunderbans area in South 24 Parganas district â¦ West Bengal Cyclone Amphan 2020 Situation Report # 3 The impact of Cyclone Amphan across Kolkata 21st May 2020 at 13.00 hrs 9 Districts affected, including 3 coastal East Midnipur, West Medinipur South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Kolkata, Burdwan & Murshidabad 50.23 Million Population affected (all nine districts) As a result, 70 percent of the crop got destroyed. We are ready to shell double the amount for water cans but still, nobody is willing to come to our apartment fearing the risk of virus getting spread. The region is yet to recover from the damage caused by Cyclones Aila, Fani and Bulbul in the past. Cyclones killed 115 people and more than 17,000 livestock in the country in 2020, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. Measures to check the spread of COVID-19 pandemic have compounded efforts to keep people safe from cyclone Amphan even as migrant workers return home. Cyclone Nisarga: It was a severe cyclone which had hit the Indian subcontinent in less than 14 days of Amphan. ... 2020 . West Bengal has informed the Centre that there were major damages to agriculture, power and telecommunication facilities in cyclone-affected â¦ It seems to be doomsday because Allah (almighty) is furious at human beings and has been punishing us by letting lose one fury after another,” he said, as his five-year-old daughter sat beside him, listening in. We have managed to save around 8000 people and sent them to safer locations,” said Ambarish Nag Biswas, founder of West Bengal Radio Club comprising radio enthusiasts as its members. Villagers repair a bank that was destroyed by sea waves at Bakkhali due to the landing of Cyclone Amphan, near Sunderbans area in South 24 Parganas district â¦ We have 43 multipurpose cyclone shelters in the district and 17 departmental shelters and we have identified 550 temporary shelters such as school building etc.,”, “Earlier each shelter could house 2000 people. At least 72 people were killed in West Bengal as Cyclone â¦ We have also lost one acre of banana plantation and three acres of sesame plantation,” rued Pranballav Howlader, 62, a farmer-entrepreneur and resident of Bishwanathpur village in North 24 Parganas. Last Updated: 7th December, 2020 16:50 IST West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Slams BJP For Alleging Corruption In Cyclone Amphan Relief West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday targeted the BJP over its allegation of corruption by the ruling TMC over Cyclone Amphan relief. Cyclone Amphan, which wreaked havoc in the states of West Bengal and Odisha and claimed at least 10-12 lives, is likely to weaken into a deep depression in the next three hours and then into a depression in the subsequent six hours, the Indian Meteorological Department said on Thursday. Most of the casualties were due to electrocution, falling trees and collapsing structures. It formed in the Bay of Bengal â¦ Apart from West Bengal, the natural disaster left a sea of destruction in the fertile Sunderbans, home to millions and uprooted their lives within hours. The lockdown had already caused substantial damage to our business and the cyclone has been like a swansong. pic.twitter.com/AHD2Wuo0ky â ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2020 Two women were killed in Howrah district and Minakhan area of North 24 Parganas district due to uprooting of trees, an official said. While most districts of West Bengal are impacted, the Sundarbans region is the worst hit because it is an ecologically fragile zone. ET) and began tracking north toward the Indian city of â¦ à¦¸à¦¾à¦à¦° à¦¥à§à¦à§ à¦®à¦¾à¦¤à§à¦° à§©à§«à§¦ à¦à¦¿à¦®à¦¿ à¦¦à§à¦°à§ à¦¬à§à¦²à¦¬à§à¦²Nov 8, 2019, "Didn't Respond To My Calls On Cyclone, Such Is Didi's Arrogance": PMMay 6, 2019. Soon after the fury of the storm subsided, the snapped electrical wires and damage to water pipes led to power outages and water shortages in pockets across the state and in the state capital of Kolkata. Cyclone Amphan, which had struck south Bengal on May 20, accounts for âthe biggest displacementâ in the world caused by a natural calamity this year, according to a report released in the UK on Sunday. The cyclone -- made landfall between Digha, West Bengal, and Bangladesh's Hatia islands Wednesday as the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane -- has killed 86 people in the West Bengal state alone. The cyclone has finished whatever little was left. 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