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Amphan: Kolkata devastated as cyclone kills

Cyclone Amphan, Weather Forecast Today Updates:

Mobile network down in Kolkata; nearly 45 lakh affected in Odisha

Weather Forecast Today, Cyclone Amphan Tracker Live News Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to arrive at the Kolkata airport at 10 am and will also hold review meetings to take stock of the situation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday travel to Odisha and West Bengal to hold an aerial survey of the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan which claimed 72 lives on Wednesday. Modi is expected to arrive at the Kolkata airport at 10 am and will also hold review meetings to take stock of the situation.

Earlier on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had urged the Prime Minister to visit the cyclone-affected areas. “It is a huge loss and I would request the Central government and all others to extend help and cooperate with us. Our Union Home Minister called me on phone this afternoon. We spoke about the devastation and he assured all help. I would also request the Prime Minister to visit and carry out a surveillance of Sunderbans and adjoining areas,” she said after a meeting at the state secretariat.

Of the 72, 15 deaths were reported from Kolkata. Announcing the setting up of a Rs 1,000-crore fund for relief and rehabilitation following Amphan, the chief minister also announced a compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh to the families of each of those who died.

The cyclone, which weakened into a depression on Friday, was further reduced to a well-marked low pressure area over North Bangladesh and the neighbouring area. “It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a low pressure area during next 12 hours,” the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) had said on Friday evening. The cyclone hit Bengal and Odisha at a time when it is already struggling to fight the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

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