Cyclone Amphan Highlights: Amphan leaves trails of destruction in India, Bangladesh; Centre provides assistance for relief work

The cyclone has claimed at least 106 lives, leaving a trail of destruction in WB, Odisha and Bangladesh. PM Modi surveyed affected regions in West Bengal and Odisha, and announced Rs 1,000 crore assistance to West Bengal and Rs 500 crore assistance to Odisha. The cyclone weakened into a deep depression and caused rainfall and winds in NE states. Around 6.58 lakh people have evacuated in Bengal and Odisha. The meteorological department chief said that a slight delay in the onset of monsoon in Kerala can be expected as a result of Amphan and will arrive on Kerala's coast on June 5.
  • 22:03

    Odisha to send 500 disaster, fire personnel to assist in rescue ops in cyclone-scarred West Bengal

    The Odisha government on Saturday said it will send 500 personnel from the state's disaster rapid action force and fire service to assist in relief and rescue operations in cyclone-ravaged West Bengal.

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  • 22:03

    Sharp rise in Kolkata vegetable prices as supplies dwindle post Amphan cyclone rampage

    Vegetable prices have shot up in Kolkata and its adjoining areas as supplies took a hit in West Bengal, which was battered by cyclone 'Amphan' earlier this week.

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  • 22:02

    Don't indulge in politics, have patience: Mamata after protests in several areas in WB

    After protests in several cyclone-affected areas of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urged people to have patience as the administration was working tirelessly to restore water and power supply.

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  • 19:37

    The announcement was made by the state’s Home Department in a tweet on Saturday (May 23). The development comes at a time when discontent is brewing in several districts including Kolkata for lack of relief work, water, and power supply.

  • 19:35

    West Bengal government has called in the Army for relief and rescue work in the wake of the cyclone Amphan

  • 19:17

    Road clearing in Kolkata's Rabindra Sarovar in Kolkata

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    Road clearing in Kolkata's Rabindra Sarovar in Kolkata

  • 19:10

    Areas where Army cloumuns have e deployed in Kolkata

    Tollygunge
    Ballygunge
    Rajarhat/NewTown
    Diamond Harbour
    Behala


    5 columns deployed by Army on request of State Govt equipped with road and tree clearance equipment.

  • 18:58

    Indian Army has provided five columns to Kolkata City Civil Administration. One column consists of 35 men including the officer and JCO.

  • 18:48

    Army called in Kolkata by West Bengal Governorment.

  • 18:23

    Based on request from the  Govt of West Bengal, Indian Army has provided three columns to assist the Kolkata City Civil Administration in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan

  • 18:14

    Army called in following cyclone Amphan: WB Govt

    West Bengal government has called in the Army for relief and rescue work in the wake of the cyclone Amphan. The announcement was made by the state’s Home Department in a tweet on Saturday (May 23).

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  • 17:47

    10 additional NDRF teams deployed in West Bengal for post Cyclone Amphan management Presently 26 NDRF teams are deployed in cyclone-affected areas of West Bengal for restoration work

  • 17:08

    Centre rushes 10 more NDRF teams to cyclone Amphan-hit West Bengal

    Ten fresh teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are being rushed to West Bengal in order to speed up the relief and rescue operations post cyclone 'Amphan', officials said on Saturday.

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  • 16:52

    WB Chief Secy wrote to me about Cyclone Amphan; will send trains as soon as they can accept those: Indian Railways Board chairman

  • 16:51

    Protests continue in several areas of Kolkata as parts of metropolis remain without water and power since cyclone Amphan ravaged the city

  • 16:51

    West Bengal urges railways, port, private entities to provide support for restoration of essential services in cyclone-hit areas

  • 16:46

    West Bengal seeks Indian Army's support to restore essential infrastructure and services in cyclone-ravaged areas

  • 16:25

    'Everything gone': People of Sundarbans stare at bleak future post cyclone Amphan

    Pronab Biswas, a resident of Kakdwip in Sundarbans, was happy that his only son -- a migrant labourer -- had returned from Maharashtra last week and had planned to buy a dinghy to start a fishing business of his own.

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  • 16:09

    Cyclone Amphan loss estimated at $13 bn in India, may rise in Bangladesh

    A powerful cyclone that tore through India's eastern state of West Bengal this week has caused damage of 1 trillion rupees ($13 billion) to infrastructure and crops, state officials said.

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  • 15:26

    Ministry of tourism extends its condolences to those affected cyclone Amphan

  • 14:40

    Almost 6 crore people affected, need to save Sundarban's mangrove. Focus on immediate restoration of electricity: CM Mamata Banerjee. (ABP Ananda)

  • 14:15

    We are doing whatever possible to restore electricity. Cyclone Amphan was a disaster. It is not the right time to do politics. We have spoken to Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) for restoration. I would like to request peopleto have patience: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (ANI)

  • 13:28

    Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh stopped from visiting cyclone-affected areas

    West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh was on Saturday stopped by police from visiting the cyclone-ravaged areas of the South 24 Parganas district, triggering a war of words between the saffron party and the ruling TMC. Ghosh was on his way to Canning and Basanti, two of the many areas of the district affected by cyclone Amphan, to distribute relief materials.

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  • 12:36

    Amphan toll rises to 85 in West Bengal; protests over electric, water supply

    The death toll due to Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal has risen to 85, as angry Kolkatans resorted to protest and road blockades in various parts of the city over the administration's failure to restore normalcy even after three days.

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  • 11:54

    Chief Secy of West Bengal writes to Chairman, Railway Board stating, "As district administration is involved with relief and rehabilitation works, it will not be possible to receive special trains for next few days. It's requested that no train should be sent to the state till May 26."

  • 10:34

    Villagers sit outside their damaged houses, in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, in South 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal. (PTI Photo)

  • 09:28

    Sometimes, the picture says it all

    Villagers sit outside their damaged houses, in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, in South 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal. (PTI Photo)

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  • 08:45

    Almost 1 lakh houses have been destroyed and over 1 crore people have been affected by Amphan, according to the Bengal government.

  • 08:40

    Bengaluru worries over Amphan

    Cyclone Amphan has wreaked havoc in West Bengal and Odisha. With entire villages being drowned, the cyclone is the worst in decades, and has claimed 72 lives.

    Several students and young professionals living in Bengaluru are concerned about their families back home.

    Kolkata native Aishik Purkait says the devastation is unimaginable. “My 60-year-old mother said she has never seen a storm like this in her life,” says the Bengaluru resident. He shared images of homes with broken windows and balcony doors.

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  • 08:38

    Cyclone Amphan: Telecom networks operating at 65-70% capacity in affected districts, says COAI

    Telecom networks continued to operate at 65-70 per cent capacity on the third day after super cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in coastal districts of West Bengal, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said on Friday.

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  • 08:37

    Bengal staring at record agri-loss due to Cyclone Amphan: Minister

    Cyclone Amphan has ravaged the farming sector in at least 14 of the 23 districts in West Bengal and the loss incurred may create an all-time record, state Agriculture Minister Ashish Banerjee said on Friday.According to initial estimates, Hooghly and Birbhum districts have incurred a loss of Rs 600 crore and Rs 462 crore respectively, Banerjee told PTI.

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  • 08:34

    Amphan damages world’s largest Banyan tree in Howrah botanical garden

    The Amphan cyclone which hit West Bengal a day before the International Day for Biological Diversity on Friday has severely damaged the world’s largest banyan tree in the Howrah botanical garden.This cyclone has also uprooted one of the two ‘kalpvriksha’, having botanical name as olea cuspidata and also known as wild olive, brown olive or Indian olive, in the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden in Howrah, Allahabad-based scientist Shiv Kumar of Botanical Survey of India on Friday.

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  • 22:00

    Cyclone Amphan: IAF readies 25 aircraft, 31 choppers for relief operations

    The Indian Air Force has readied 25 aircraft and 31 choppers for relief operations in areas affected by Cyclone Amphan, the IAF said Friday.

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  • 19:17

    PM Modi announces Rs 500 cr advance relief for cyclone-hit Odisha

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an advance financial assistance of Rs 500 crore for cyclone-battered Odisha on Friday.

    Modi made the announcement after an aerial survey of areas hit by cyclone 'Amphan' and holding a review meeting with Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

  • 18:44

    Irdai asks life insurers to expeditiously settle claims

    Irdai on Friday asked life insurance companies to take immediate action to ensure expeditious settlement of claims in wake of cyclone 'Amphan' causing loss of lives in several parts of West Bengal and Odisha.

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  • 18:14

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces advance assistance of Rs 500 crore for cyclone-hit Odisha

  • 17:43

    Nepal govt is grieved over loss of lives & destruction of properties in West Bengal by Cyclone Amphan. Govt extends its heartfelt condolences to bereaved families of deceased as well as to Indian Govt. It also wishes speedy recovery of injured: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nepal - ANI

  • 17:26

    Cyclone Amphan death toll crosses 106

    At least 106 people died in the fiercest cyclone to hit Bangladesh and eastern India since 1999, officials said Friday as aerial footage revealed immense flooding in coastal areas.

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  • 17:09

    Municipal workers chop an uprooted tree to clear a street, in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata. PTI

  • 16:50

    22 opposition parties call upon Centre to declare Cyclone Amphan as national calamity

    Twenty-two opposition parties urged the Centre on Friday to immediately declare the devastation caused by CycloneAmphanin Odisha and West Bengal as a national calamity and called for substantially helping the states in facing the impact of the disaster.

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  • 16:31

    Dalai Lama writes to Naveen Patnaik, Mamata Banerjee; expresses sympathy for cyclone Amphan victims

    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has written to Mamata Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik, chief ministers of West Bengal and Odisha respectively, expressing his sympathy for the loss of lives and property in the two states ravaged by cyclone Amphan.

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  • 16:11

    22 opposition parties resolve to call upon Centre to provide urgent help to fellow citizens in view of Cyclone Amphan.

  • 16:08

    Cyclone Amphan toll mounts to 22 in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh on Friday began assessing the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan that killed at least 22 people and left many displaced in the country's coastal areas.

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  • 15:51

    Amphan: PM Narendra Modi arrives in Odisha for aerial survey

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here to undertake an aerial survey of four cyclone-ravaged districts in Odisha.

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  • 15:25

    No loss of life due to cyclone Amphan in Odisha, claims state government

    The Odisha government said on Friday that there has been no confirmation of any loss of human life in the state due to cyclone Amphan though it affected nearly 45 lakh people and damaged a large number of houses in the coastal districts.

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  • 15:22

    We haveto help people so we havestarted relief work. I told PM that we willget Rs 53,000 crorefrom central govt regarding food subsidy, social schemes andcentral schemes wherever our money is there. So I said you try to give some money to us so that we can work in this crisis: WB CM Mamata Banerjee.

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  • 14:52

    He (PM Narendra Modi) announced Rs 1000 Crore for the emergency fund but he didn't clarify whether it'll be advance or a package. He said he'll decide later on but he said it may be advance also. I said whatever you will give you decide, we'll give you details: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. (ANI)

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  • 14:00

    PM Modi announces Rs 1,000 crore assistance to Amphan-hit West Bengal

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 1,000 crore advance assurance to West Bengal for relief and restoration work in the wake of the devastation caused by the cyclone Amphan. The prime minister made the announcement after taking part in a review meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Basirhat in North 24 Paraganas district.

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  • 13:26

    West Bengal under leadership of Mamata ji is fighting well. We are with them in these adverse times: PM Modi

  • 13:22

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Odisha after taking part in review meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Basirhat.

  • 13:19

    Rs. 2 lakhs would be given to the next of kin of the persons deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the persons who got seriously injured due to Cyclone Amphan in parts of West Bengal: PM Modi

  • 13:14

    It pains me to see Bengal in this condition on the birth anniversary of Raja Ram Mohan Roy: PM Modi

  • 13:13

    In the month of May last year, the country was busy with elections and at that time we had to combat a cyclone that battered Odisha. Now, a year later,this cyclone has affected our coastal areas. People of West Bengal have been worst affected by it: PM Modi

  • 13:12

    A team will be stent by Central Govt to conduct a detailed survey about the damage caused due to Cyclone Amphanandthe current situation of the affected areas. All aspects relating to rehabilitation & reconstruction will be addressed. We all want West Bengal to move ahead: PM Modi

  • 13:11

    To fight coronavirus we have to maintain social distancing, but to fight this disaster we have to remain close to each other: PM Narendra Modi

  • 13:09

     Central government stands in solidarity with Bengal. We will do everything to help Bengal fight this disaster: PM Narendra Modi. 

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  • 12:59

    A stray dog wades through a water-logged street after a flood in the area due to Cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata. (PTI Photo)

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  • 12:44

    Cyclone Amphan 'more than a national disaster', never seen such devastation: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

    Ahead of conducting an aerial survey of cyclone-hit areas in West Bengal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday contended that the calamity, which has wreaked havoc in the state and left at least 77 dead, is "more than a national disaster".

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  • 12:29

    Cyclone Amphan considered even more destructive than Cyclone Aila: UN

    Cyclone Amphan, which has killed 77 people and left thousands homeless in West Bengal, is now considered even more destructive than Cyclone Aila which slammed southern Bangladesh and eastern India in 2009, the UN has said.

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  • 12:16

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrive in Basirhat where they will take part in a review meeting. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is also with them.

  • 12:14

    Villagers repair their house damaged by cycloneAmphanin Satkhira on May 22, 2020.Bangladesh began a massive clean-up on May 21 after the fiercest cyclone since 1999 killed at least 95 people, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. (Photo by Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

  • 12:08

    I sincerely thank the President Ram Nath Kovind Ji, for personally calling me to convey his support and concerns for the people of Bengal in this unprecedented time of crisis because of Amphan Cyclone. We are extremely grateful: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

  • 12:07

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in a review meeting withChief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Basirhat to assess the damage caused by extremely severe cyclone Amphan in West Bengal.

  • 12:04

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on his helicopter for areal survey of cyclone-affected areas of West Bengal. Earlier Banerjee said that the survey will take about one hour.Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is accompanying them.

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  • 11:37

    I have give a letter to PM Narendra Modi in which I have mentioned all the demands: BJP leader Dilip Ghosh. (ABP Ananda)

  • 11:16

    "Till now we have got information that 80 people have died," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the death toll due to Amphan.

  • 11:12

    For PM's aerial survey visit, Central ministers (who hail from Odisha and West Bengal) Dharmendra Pradhan, Babul Supriyo, Pratap Chandra Sarangi and Debasree Chaudhuri will accompany him. (ANI)

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  • 10:41

    Mamata Banerjee reaches Kolkata Airport

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reaches Kolkata Airport. She will receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Airport. They will not only take an aerial survey of the affected areas together but will also take part in a review meeting at Basirhat. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will also be at the Airport. (PTI File Photo for representation)

  • 10:09

    I pray the injured make a speedy recovery: Rahul Gandhi

    "The widespread devastation caused by cyclone Amphan in West Bengal & Odisha is disturbing. My condolences to the families of those who have perished & I pray the injured make a speedy recovery. I offer my support to the brave people of these two states in this time of crisis," says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

  • 10:02

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee. He offered to give all support to West Bengal in view of the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan: Odisha Chief Minister's Office.

  • 10:01

    PM leaves for West Bengal to assess cyclone impact

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning left for West Bengal totake stock of the situation in the wake of cyclone Amphan

    He would later in the day visit Odisha.

    Modi will conduct aerial surveys and take part in review meetings in the two states, where aspects of relief and rehabilitation will be discussed.

    Chief ministers Mamata Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik would join the prime minister during the aerial survey in their respective states.

    Cyclone Amphan has left 77 people dead and thousands homeless in West Bengal, battering several parts of the state and washing away bridges and swamping low-lying areas.

    It also wreaked havoc in Odisha, damaging power and telecom infrastructure in several coastal districts.

    The extremely severe cyclonic storm has weakened and moved to Bangladesh, the IMD said.

    This is the prime minister's first visit outside the national capital after the coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed on the midnight of March 24. (PTI)

  • 09:49

    Residents salvage their belongings from the rubble of a damaged house in the aftermath of CycloneAmphan, in South 24 Parganas district in the eastern state of West Bengal. (Reuters photo)

  • 09:42

    Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik during an aerial survey of the areas hit by CycloneAmphanin Odisha. (PTI Photo)

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  • 08:50

    Swept away

    Coastal area is seen flooded after the embankment is destroyed as the cycloneAmphanmakes its landfall in Satkhira, Bangladesh. (Reuters photo)

  • 08:48

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah calls CM Mamata Banerjee to get an update of the situation in Bengal. (ABP Ananda)

  • 07:19

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to West Bengal and Odisha to take stock of the situation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan, today. He will conduct aerial surveys and take part in review meetings. (ANI)

  • 01:40

    Power outage, fibre cuts take toll on mobile network in Amphan-hit areas

    Power outage and frequent fibre cuts have disrupted telecom connectivity in Cyclone Amphan hit areas, particularly Kolkata, North and South 24 Pargana districts of West Bengal.

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  • 23:36

    Odisha extends helping hand to cyclone-hit West Bengal

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik came forward on Thursday to provide all possible assistance to West Bengal, which has been ravaged by Cyclone Amphan that killed at least 72 people and left a trail of destruction in the state.

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  • 23:28

    Amid cyclone, COVID-19 cases likely to rise in Bengal'

    With Cyclone Amphan wreaking havoc in West Bengal, including Kolkata, senior medical practitioners at the frontline in the war againstcoronavirusare apprehensive that the number of cases would rise substantially in the days ahead as the social-distancing norms would go up in smoke and there would be curbs on the spending to tackle the pandemic.

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  • 22:24

    Cyclone Amphan disrupts corporate functioning, IT sector in Kolkata

    Cyclone Amphan that ravaged coastal belt of West Bengal and Kolkata disrupted corporate functioning and board meetings on Thursday after the Internet connectivity and power remained a challenge.

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  • 22:16

    'It seems there was a war'

    "Never in my life have I seen a cyclone like this in Bengal," said 95-year-old Ashok Roy, a retired school teacher, visibly shaken by the ferocity of the extremely severe cyclone 'Amphan' that left a trail of destruction in half a dozen districts, including the state capital.

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  • 21:32

    Kolkata faces mass destruction

  • 21:29

    The Deep Depression [remnant of the Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’] further weakened into a Depression and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST of today

    The Deep Depression [remnant of the Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’] further weakened into a Depression and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST of today, the 21 MAY 2020. over Bangladesh near Lat. 25.4°N and Long. 89.6°E about 50 km east-southeast of Rangpur (Bangladesh).

  • 21:28

    Severe damage caused to houses and trees uprooted in Kalagachia village of East Medinipur District due to Amphan

  • 20:50

    2 teams of National Disaster Response Force were airlifted by an Indian Air Force aircraft to Kolkata, West Bengal from Pune, Maharashtra, today.

  • 20:47

    Amphan has moved deeper inland and weakened in Bangladesh as it is getting dissipated . It has caused damage to houses, breached embankments. 7 people are reported killed. Relief measures have started and people are trying to get back to the normal life

  • 20:46

  • 20:41

    Cyclone toll hits 84 as Bangladesh and India start mopping up


    India and Bangladesh began a massive clean-up Thursday after the fiercest cyclone since 1999 killed at least 84 people, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

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  • 20:31

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to undertake aerial survey of cyclone-affected areas on Friday

    Shri Dilip Ghosh, State President, and other State Leaders will receive the Prime Minister at Kolkata International Airport, arriving at 10 AM

  • 20:04

    Amphan hits 44L in Odisha, damages power infrastructure

    Nearly 45 lakh people in Odisha have been affected by the extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan, which fiercely rolled past the state coast and made a landfall in the Sunderbans, uprooting trees and flattening fragile dwellings, a senior official said on Thursday.

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  • 19:11

    Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba today held a meeting with Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy through video conference, to review the immediate post-cyclone scenario in the state.

    (ANI)

  • 18:36

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today took an aerial survey of districts affected by the Cyclone Amphan in the state.

  • 18:35

    Bengal ravaged

    Children play near a damaged Hindu idol following the landfall of cyclone Amphan in Khejuri area of East Midnapore, West Bengal (AFP)

  • 18:22

    Cyclone toll hits 84 as Bangladesh and India start mopping up

    India and Bangladesh began a massive clean-up Thursday after the fiercest cyclone since 1999 killed at least 84 people, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

    Cyclone Amphan flattened houses, uprooted trees, blew off roofs and toppled electricity pylons, while a storm surge inundated coastal villages and wrecked shrimp farms vital to the local economy.

    The United Nations office in Bangladesh estimates 10 million people were affected, and some 500,000 people may have lost their homes.

  • 18:17

    West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar writes to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking report regarding the situation after cyclone Aamphan hit the state.

  • 17:41

    Kolkata airport back to operation from 12 PM today after Amphan ravaged the airport at wind speed of 130 kmph

  • 17:44

    A team of Union Home Ministry will visit the states to evaluate the damages done by cyclone #Amphan. The number of deaths & injuries may rise in West Bengal: NDRF Chief SN Pradhan

  • 17:30

      10 killed as cyclone Amphan batters Bangladesh

    Cyclone 'Amphan' which battered West Bengal has also wreaked havoc in Bangladesh, killing at least 10 people, devastating coastal villages, inundating many areas and damaging scores of houses, officials said on Thursday.

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  • 17:22

    Cyclone Amphan in India, Bangladesh snaps power supply to 5 million homes

    The biggest cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal in two decades wreaked havoc along India’s east coast and in Bangladesh, killing several people, flooding low-lying areas and affecting power supply. Amphan is likely to continue to movenorth-northeastward and weaken further into a depression on Thursday, according to the India Meteorological Department.

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  • 17:11

    Amphan inflicts heavy damage in Kolkata

    Kolkata was heavily battered by the cyclone Amphan (pronounced as UM-PAN) resulting into 15 deaths in the city. The state capital on Thursday was dotted with uprooted trees, toppled lamp posts and snapped power lines. Several roads were blocked in the city with uprooted trees.

    The amount of devastation in the state capital becomes evident if one takes a look at the streets such as Chittaranjan Avenue in Central Kolkata, the heart of the city. A long stretch of the road is strewn with uprooted trees lying at a distance of barely 100 meters from each other.

  • 17:07

    The Cyclone willhaveno adverse impact over West Bengal now. heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in Assam especially in western part and in Meghalaya. Arunachal Pradesh will also receive some rainfall at isolated places: Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, DGM, IMD

  • 17:05

    Update: Out of 72, 15 people have died in Kolkata

  • 16:51

  • 16:44

    Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh to experience high rainfall, winds, not destructive

  • 16:43

    IMD chief says eye of cyclone has passed, cyclone is now a deep depression

  • 16:40

    Presents some pictures of the restoration work being undertaken by NDRF since yesterday

  • 16:33

    Around 5 lakh people evacuated in West Bengal have been told to remain in shelters; more than 2 lakh people in Odisha were evacuated

  • 16:30

     West Bengal has evacuated around 5 lakh while Odisha has evacuated 237296: NDRF DG

  • 16:27

    Four additional NDRF teams airlifted to Kolkata -- two each from Chennai and Pune. Already 21 NDRF teams in West Bengal. The decision to airlift additional teams came following West Bengal Chief Secretary's request says SN Pradhan

  • 16:26

    The Union Cabinet Secretary held a meeting with the West Bengal & Odisha Chief Secretaries to estimate the damage & response, earlier today. Normalcy will return in the next 24 to 48 hours in Odisha: NDRF Chief SN Pradhan

  • 16:22

  • 16:20

    WATCH LIVE: IMD and NDRF briefing on cyclone Amphan

  • 16:19

      There have been casualties. I announce a compensation of Rs 2.5 Lakh to the families of those who died in the cyclone: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

  • 16:17

    Our 2 aircraft parked at Kolkata airport are not damaged, there is some damage to the hangar. A small private aircraft which was parked in the hangar has been damaged: Rajiv Bansal, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India

  • 16:12

    72 died in West Bengal due to cyclone Aamphan including 12 in Kolkata says Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

  • 15:59

    72 people have died in West Bengal so far: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

    (ANI)

  • 15:55

    Restoration work in progress at Nandi Gram East Midnapur, North 24 Parganas

  • 15:52

    CM Mamata Banerjee says in meeting with the party that nearly 40% of trees might be destroyed in the cyclone

  • 15:10

    The plight of the downtrodden

    A man salvages items from his house damaged by cycloneAmphanin Midnapore, West Bengal. (AFP Photo)

  • 14:52

    Bengal reeling with devastation as super cyclone Amphan hits state

    A day after the supercyclone Amphan slammed into West Bengal, large scale damage life and property started to come to the surface. While Kolkata waked up to uprooted trees and lampposts, waterlogged streets and vehicles crumpled like tin cans under fallen trees, the rural areas of the state wore a deserted look with mud huts flattened by the storm and uprooted rooftops strewn in villages.

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  • 13:54

    PM Narendra Modi's statement on the aftermath of Amphan onslaught:

    My thoughts are with the people of Odisha as the state bravely battles the effects of Cyclone Amphan. Authorities are working on the ground to ensure all possible assistance to the those affected. I pray that the situation normalises at the earliest.

    NDRF teams are working in the cyclone affected parts. Top officials are closely monitoring the situation and also working in close coordination with the West Bengal government. No stone will be left unturned in helping the affected.

    Have been seeing visuals from West Bengal on the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan. In this challenging hour, the entire nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal. Praying for the well-being of the people of the state. Efforts are on to ensure normalcy

  • 13:51

    We are closely monitoring Cyclone Amphanandare in continuous touch with concerned authorities. I've also spoken to CM Odisha Naveen Patnaik & CM West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee over situation arising due to the cyclone & assured all possible help from the centre: HM Amit Shah.

  • 13:25

    Municipal workers clear a blocked road after a tree uprooted, in the aftermath of super cyclone 'Amphan', in Kolkata. (PTI Photo)

  • 13:03

    Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chairs a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), which reviewed the situation in the cyclone affected areas of Odisha and West Bengal.

    Chief Secretaries of Odisha and West Bengal informed that timely and accurate forecast by IMD and advance deployment of NDRF facilitated in evacuation of about 5 lakh people in West Bengal and about 2 lakhin Odisha.This has resulted in minimal loss of human lives,considering the fact that the intensity of the Amphan was next only to that of the Super Cyclone that struck Odisha in1999causing large scale devastation.

    NDRF is moving additional teams in West Bengal to speed up restoration work, especially in Kolkata.

    FCI will also ensure adequate availability of food grains, especially rice, to West Bengal so that marooned people are provided immediate sustenance.

    Power Ministry and Department of Telecommunications will also assist in early restoration of services in both the States.

    The Railways, which suffered major damages to its infrastructure, is in the process of restarting its operations at the earliest.

    West Bengal informed that there were major damages to agriculture, power and telecommunication facilities in Cyclone affected areas.

    Odisha informed that damages have been mainly limited to agriculture.

    Reviewing the rescue and restoration efforts, Cabinet Secretary directed that officers of Central Ministries/ Agencies should remain in close touch with Odisha and West Bengal State Governments and provide all required assistance expeditiously.

    Ministry of Home Affairs will be sending teams to carry out early assessment of damages and submit a report.

  • 13:02

    Amphan leaves trail of destruction in India, Bangladesh

    The most powerful cyclone to hit Bangladesh and eastern India in more than 20 years tore down homes, carried cars down flooded streets and claimed the lives of more than a dozen people.

    Authorities began surveying the damage Thursday after millions spent a sleepless night which saw 165 kilometre (100 miles) an hour winds carrying away trees, electricity pylons, walls and roofs, and transformer stations exploding.

    Read more here

  • 12:32

    It's a massive challenge for NDRF to carry out restoration work: NDRF Chief SN Pradhan

  • 12:31

    Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will be sending teams to carry out an early assessment of damages and submit a report. Chief Secretaries of West Bengal and Odisha participated in the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) meeting through video conference: Government of India.

  • 12:30

    Reviewing rescue andrestoration efforts, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba directed that officers of Central Ministries/Agencies should remain in close touch with Odisha andWest Bengal state governments and provide all required assistance expeditiously: Government of India (ANI)

  • 12:21

    Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba today reviewed the situation in the cyclone-affected areas of Odisha and West Bengal with the States and Central Ministries/Agencies concerned in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan: Government of India

  • 11:52

    At least 19 million children at imminent risk due to Cyclone Amphan in India, Bangladesh:UNICEF

    At least 19 million children in parts of Bangladesh and India are at "imminent risk" from flash flooding and heavy rain as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall and the state of West Bengal is expected to take a direct hit from the powerful storm, the UN's children agency has warned.

    Read more here

  • 11:48
  • 11:29

    An effort to rebuild

    Villagers salvage items from their house damaged by cycloneAmphanin Midnapore, West Bengal. (AFP Photo)

  • 11:28
  • 10:34

    Watch: The destruction caused by Amphan

  • 09:13

    The shelter

    A woman carries her son as she tries to protect him from heavy rain while they rush to a safer place, following their evacuation from a slum area before CycloneAmphanmakes its landfall, in Kolkata, India, May 20. (Reuters photo)

  • 09:08

    Many rendered homeless

    A woman stands amidst the debris of her house damaged by cycloneAmphanin Satkhira on May 21, 2020. (AFP Photo)

  • 09:07

    The destruction of the Cyclone

    A man walks over a collapsed wall after CycloneAmphanmade its landfall, in Kolkata, India, May 21, 2020. (Reuters photo)

  • 09:04

    Amphan leaves trail of destruction in India, Bangladesh

    The most powerful cyclone to hit Bangladesh and eastern India in more than 20 years tore down homes, carried cars down flooded streets and claimed the lives of more than a dozen people.

    Read more here

  • 09:02

    Cyclone Amphan moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 27 km/ph during past 6 hours, further weakened into a cyclonic storm & lay centered over Bangladesh, about 270 km north-northeast of Kolkata: India Meteorological Department (IMD)

  • 08:34
  • 07:50

    Severe cyclonic storm Amphan over Bangladesh & adjoining West Bengal coast moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 30 km/ph during the past 6 hours. Very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards & weaken further into a deep depression during the next 3 hours: IMD

  • 07:24
  • 00:31

    Cyclone Amphan: UN, Bangladesh working on preparedness, response activities

    The United Nations and the Bangladesh government are making preparations as the powerful cyclone Amphan makes landfall in the region, a UN spokesperson said.

    Read more

  • 23:10

    Here's the predicted path of the cyclone

  • 21:38

    Streets in Kolkata waterlogged, trees uprooted and houses damaged due to strong winds and heavy rain. (ANI)

  • 21:02

    At least 10 dead in West Bengal due to Amphan says Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

  • 20:15

    NDRF personnel clear electricity wires and uprooted trees off the road between Digha in East Midnapore district and Odisha border, after cyclone Amphan made landfall earlier today. (ANI)

  • 20:06

    Met Department of Bangladesh: Cyclone Amphan currently lies over the coastal West Bengal and Sundarban on the Bangladeshi coast after making a landfall around 4 p.m. in West Bengal; likely to cross Bangladesh by Midnight.

  • 19:38

    Road clearance work in Haridaspur, Kakatpur in Puri district by NDRF personnel

    Source: DD News

  • 19:32

    Ministry of Power is monitoring the situation pertaining to the cyclone in Odisha and West Bengal and is prepared for the situation, says R K Singh Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy

  • 19:17

    NDRF's measures taken in West Bengal and Odisha

    National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 39 self-contained rescue and relief teams in the coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha
    NDRF teams equipped with Wireless Sets, Satellite Phone, Cutters, and various equipment & tools.Around 6.58 lakh people evacuated in Bengal and Odisha.

    In Bengal
    9 NDRF teams deployed
    One team each in Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), Kolkata, Nandigram, Kontai-1 Block & Digha (East Medinapore), Arambagh (Hooghly), Uluberia and Domzur (Howrah), Sandeshkhali, Hasnabad, and Hingalganj (24 Pargana, North), Pathar Pratima, Naamkhana, Gosaba, Kakdweep and Sagar Island (24 Pargana, South)
    Two teams at Rajarhat.
    Two additional teams -- one each at Battalion HQ Haringhata and Regional Response Centre, Siliguri -- kept as a reserve
    Five lakh people evacuated

    In Odisha
    20 NDRF teams deployed
    One team each in Mayurbhanj and Jajpur
    Four teams each in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada and Bhadrak
    Six teams have been deployed at Balasore.
    Additional teams kept as a reserve at NDRF Base Mundali, Odisha.
    1.58 lakh people evacuated

    Source: NDRF

  • 19:10

    Visuals from Digha, West Bengal

  • 18:50

    Amphan crossed West Bengal, Bangladesh borders

  • 18:29

    Indian met dept DG expresses satisfaction and gratitude to all authorities and media for cooperation in being able to issue accurate forecasts and updates, enabling appropriate disaster preparedness actions.

  • 18:05

    One woman has died after a tree fell on her in Minakhan in North 24 Paraganas district in West Bengal

  • 17:57

    Storm is currently located 15 km northeast of Sagar Island

    Extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan is West Bengal coast between Digha in the state and Hatiya islands in Bangladesh across the Sundarban. Half of the eye of the storm entered land and the entire eye will he over land within next one hour: IMD bulletin.

    The storm is currently located 15 km northeast of Sagar Island, about 80 km south of Kolkata, 80 km east-northeast of Digha and 205 km west-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh said the bulletin

  • 17:52

    A 13 year old girl has died in West Bengal Howrah district due to Amphan. It's the first casualty reported in the state due to the storm. The girl died after a tin shed fell on her.

  • 17:30

    Visuals from Sunderbans

    Video credit: BSF
  • 17:08

    Storm surge has begun from today afternoon, 4 - 5 metres over south & north 24 Parganas, 3 - 4 metres over East Medinipur tidal wave can go around 10 - 15 km inward from the coast, through the river system, said the IMD chief

  • 17:02

    Currently, the storm is located 70 kms east of Digha in West Bengal, 210 Kms east and northeast of Paradip in Odisha and 210 kms west-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh, said the IMD bulletin

    Extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan is currently crossing West Bengal coast between Digha and Hatiya close to the Sundarban. Its forward sector of wall cloud has entered into the land and the eye of the storm near the coast. The landfall process will take about two to three hours to complete, said theIMD bulletin.

  • 16:36

    Bhadrak and Balasore districts in Odisha will continue to have a damaging impact for 2-3 more hours. After this Odisha will not have any damaging impact: Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

  • 16:34

    As expected, cyclone Amphan is reaching West Bengal coast, near Sunderbans, says IMD DG

  • 16:31

    Extensive damage expected to kutcha houses, some pucca structures, communication and power poles, says IMD chief

  • 16:28

    West Bengal and Odisha to face maximum rain today and isolated rainfalls tomorrow

  • 16:26

    Assam and Meghalaya to face heavy to very heavy rainfall tomorrow as the storm moves northwards

  • 16:24

    80-90 kph wind speeds prevailing in West Bengal. Gale wind speed to be around 150 kmph, says IMD chief

  • 16:23

    Eye of the storm to hit West Bengal and Bangladesh soon, says IMD chief. There will be calm in areas covered by the eye of the storm and then hit by heavy rain and wind soon after

  • 16:16

    Amphan will cross West Bengal and Bangladesh coast 1600 hrs onwards with a maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting up to 185 kmph

  • 16:12

    Based on past experiences during cyclone Fani, all the NDRF teams are equipped with tree cutters and pole cutters for restoration after landfall, if need arises, says SN Pradhan, NDRF chief

  • 16:05

    20 teams in Odisha and 19 teams in West Bengal, says NDRF chief

  • 15:42

    Amphan about 65 km east-southeast of Digha (West Bengal) at 1430 IST of 20th May, says the Met dept

  • 15:26

    Indian Meteorological Department's 1430 hrs bulletin

  • 15:22

    'Some coastal areas of South 24 Paraganas district wind speed of about 140-150 kmph have been recorded'

    "The entire landfall process will take about three to four hours. First the forward sector of the storm will enter the land, followed by the eye of the storm and then it's back sector. So far we have received information that in some coastal areas of South 24 Paraganas district wind speed of about 140-150 kmphhave been recorded. We have recorded a gust at Alipore in Kolkata which was 69 kmph" said the official.

  • 15:15

    Landfall process of extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan has started at around 2.30 pm on Wednesday said Regional Met Office, Kolkata

  • 15:07

    NDRF personnel clear uprooted tree in Digha, West Bengal

  • 14:52

    Cyclone Amphan: Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Special AC train to run through diverted route

    The AC Special Express train which left for New Delhi from Bhubaneswar on Wednesday will run on a diverted route skipping the Bhadrak-Kharagpr line, while goods traffic was affected in Odisha because of the cyclone 'Amphan', officials said.

    The train took the diverted route of Sambalpur City- Jharsugud-Rourkela-Tatanagar instead of the normal route via Bhadrak-Balasore-Hijli Kharagpur-Tata, a railway official said.

    Read more here.

  • 14:48

    Extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan is currently located about 170 Kms east-northeast of Paradip in Odisha, 105 Kms southeast of Digha, 90 Kms nearly south-southeast of Sagar Island in West Bengal and 240 Kms southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh: IMD

  • 14:24

    Steamers, boats tied together at Chandpalghat, Kolkata for safety

  • 14:27

    Deserted Kolkata streets before the arrival of Amphan

  • 13:46

    Cyclone Amphan about 95 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal) at 1230 IST of 20th May. Landfall process to commence from today late afternoon: IMD

    Amphan is expected tocross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from today late afternoon (4 pm onwards), said IMD.

  • 13:18

    Visuals from Digha, West Bengal ahead of Amphan's landfall. (Video Credit: Special Arrangement)

  • 13:16

    Extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan inches closer to the coasts of West Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh

    According to latest IMD bulletin, Amphan is currently located 150 km east-northeast of Paradip in Odisha, 95 km south-southwest of Digha, 90 km south of Sagar Island in West Bengal and 260 km west-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh.

  • 12:59

    Kolkata Police closes all flyovers in the city as precautionary measure ahead of Amphan's landfall.

  • 12:56

    People sheltered in the multipurpose cyclone center near Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha, being given dry food:

  • 12:52
  • 12:45

    Amphan about 125 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal) at 1130 IST of 20th May: IMD

  • 12:37

    Amphan to make landfall in between 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm today between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya island in Bangladesh: IMD

  • 12:14

    According to the latest bulletin by IMD Amphan is currently located 140 kms east-northeast of Paradip, 125 kms south-southeast of Digha, 125 kms south of Sagar Island and 275 kms west-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh.

  • 12:12

    The focus on evacuation is mainly in the districts of South and North 24 Parganas and East Medinipur in West Bengal: DG NDRF

  • 11:53

    Odisha has evacuated nearly 1.5 lakh people from Balasore & Bhadrak & West Bengal has evacuated over 3.3 lakh people: NDRF Chief SN Pradhan

    Wind speed has picked up near coastal Odisha & is blowing at around 100 kmph at Paradip. Wind is not that strong in West Bengal, Pradhan added.

    We're looking at time & possible speed of Amphan's landing. As per IMD, storm surge could be 4-6 meters of seawater which will enter land area.NDRF teams are coordinating with local administration for storm surge response.41 teams are deployed in Odisha & West Bengal, he said.

  • 11:39

    Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan over west-central Bay of Bengal: Cyclone warning for West Bengal and north Odisha coasts

  • 11:31

    Cyclone Amphan lies 177 km south southeast of Digha. After landfall, it is likely to move north northeast close to Kolkata, says Deputy Director, IMD Kolkata

    At the time of crossing coast, wind speed to be around 155-165kmph. It is likely to retain intensity as cyclone till May 21 morning, he added.

  • 11:22

    All operations suspended at Kolkata Airport till 5 am tomorrow in view of Cyclone Amphan including special flights, which were operational in view of COVID-19 pandemic: Airport Director

  • 11:20

    Cyclone Amphan about 120 km east of Paradip (Odisha) at 1030 IST of 20th May. To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (west Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from afternoon, says IMD.

  • 11:14

    20 rescue teams with Gemini boats & medical teams kept ready for augmenting rescue & relief efforts in Odisha & West Bengal. Naval aircraft also standing by at Naval Air Stations - INS Dega, Visakhapatnam & INS Rajali, Arakkonam: Indian Navy

    Eastern Naval Command in high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance. Naval ships at Vizag on standby to proceed to affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief, evacuation, & logistic support including providing medical aid, said the Indian Navy.

    Theships are embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats & relief material including food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets in sufficient quantities, it added.

    Eastern Naval Command is monitoring the developments in the Bay of Bengal closely & Naval Officers-in-Charge (West Bengal) & (Odisha) are in constant communication with respective State Administrations to augment rescue and relief operations as needed, said Navy.

    ANI

  • 11:09

    Cyclone Amphan moving near the coastal areas of Balasore, Odisha with a wind speed of 80 kmph today morning.

  • 10:46

    Cyclone Amphan about 240 km south of Digha in West Bengal

    Cyclone 'Amphan' lay centred about 240 km south of Digha in West Bengal on Wednesday morning as an extremely severe cyclonic storm, the Met department said here.

    The intensity near the centre of the storm was 170 to 180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph, the Met said.

    Read more here.

  • 10:39

    Two women walk with an umbrella under the rain ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan in Midnapore, West Bengal, on May 20, 2020. (AFP Photo)

  • 10:15
  • 10:12

    NDRF at work in Hasnabad, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal as Amphan closes in

  • 10:09

    Amphan about 120 km east-southeast of Paradip (Odisha) at 0830 IST of 20th May. To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digh (west Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from afternoon.

  • 09:24
  • 09:20

    Fire Services Team clearing road blockage near R&B Office in Bhadrak, Odisha to facilitate movement of vehicles, essential commodities and emergency service personnel

  • 09:02

    Wind forecast for coastal Odisha:

    100-110 gusting to 125 KMPH along and off Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Bhadrak districts till afternoon and over Balasore district till evening.

  • 08:53

    Tropical cyclones and storm surges: Why they are deadly

    Five facts about tropical cyclones and storm surges ahead of a powerful system, Amphan, which is expected to hit India and Bangladesh today.

    Read more here.

  • 08:45

    Around 4 lakh people evacuated from seven coastal districts of West Bengal in view of super cyclonic Storm Amphan which is likely to lash this afternoon or evening.

  • 08:43

    Intense spell of rainfall very likely to occur at one or two places over district of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara

  • 08:42

    1704 shelter camps have been set up and 119075 people have been evacuated so far in Odisha

  • 08:40
  • 08:34

    Observations from Odisha coast by IMD:

    Wind Speed:

    Paradip - 102KMPH

    Chandbali - 74KMPH

    Bhubaneswar - 37 KMPH

    Balasore - 61KMPH

    Puri - 41KMPH

    Gopalpur - 4 KMPH

  • 08:22
  • 08:19

    IMD's special bulletin on Amphan

  • 08:14

    To cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during Afternoon to Evening hours of 20th May: IMD

  • 00:16

    'Amphan': LS speaker Om Birla urges MPs from West Bengal, Odisha to monitor relief work

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday spoke to more than a dozen MPs from Odisha and West Bengal, and urged them to ensure all possible help to people in coastal districts in view of the impending super cyclonic storm 'Amphan' .

    Read more

  • 22:03

    Amphan to hit WB, Bangladesh coasts between afternoon and evening on May 20

    Super Cyclone Amphanto cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during afternoon to evening of 20th May 2020 with wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.

  • 20:41

    Assam issues 'high alert' on cyclone 'Amphan'

    The Assam government on Tuesday issued a "high alert" over cyclone 'Amphan' and directed the state disaster management authority to set up a control room to deal with the situation.

    Read more

  • 20:22

    Indian Coast Guard, through Remote Operating Station in Paradeep, is issuing alerts over broadcast for merchant vessels, international vessels and fishing boats, asking them to stay away from sea.

  • 19:23

    NDRF teams evacuate those who may be affected by the cyclone in Odisha

  • 18:30

    Emergency Restoration System has been set up to handle power disruptions, in both Odisha and West Bengal. 24/7 control room operational in Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar and Power Grid HQ, says power ministry secretary

  • 18:29

    Cyclone 'Amphan': 41 NDRF teams deployed in West Bengal, Odisha

    A total of 41 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in West Bengal and Odisha to deal with any emergency situation arising out of cyclone 'Amphan', NDRF chief S N Pradhan said on Tuesday.

    Read more

  • 18:28

    JP Nadda asks BJP workers to join relief operations for super cyclone Amphan

    BJP president J P Nadda on Tuesday asked his party members to join in evacuation and relief operations in states being hit by super cyclone Amphan, and urged them to do so in cooperation with the local administration.

    Read more

  • 17:32

    Transmission lines and substations situated in high impact areas of Amphan have been identified and placed on high alert. A required restoration system has been put in place at identified locations. Required assistance will be given to state power utilities, said the Ministry of Power.

  • 16:52

    The meteorological department chief said that a slight delay in onset of monsoon in Kerala can be expected as a result of Amphan and will arrive on Kerala's coast on June 5

  • 16:45

    SMS alerts are being generated to people in affected districts for evacuation, Telecom secy Anshu Prakash

    SMS alerts are being generated to people in affected districts in local languages, for timely evacuation. It is upto state govts that to decide atwhat frequency they want to send alerts. It's free of cost.Intra-circle roaming will continue after cyclone crosses, says telecom secretary Anshu Prakash

  • 16:40

    Telecom service providers have been asked to arrange enough generator sets with sufficient diesel & placethem in all districtsso that in the situation ofany power disruption, telecom towers can be restarted with the help of these generators, says Telecom SecretaryAnshu Prakash

  • 16:36

    Centre and states are together taking all required preparation, says NDRF chief

    Cabinet Secretary took the National Crisis Management Committee meeting today. Home Minister spoke with CMs of both states, Odisha and West Bengal. Centre and states are together taking all required preparation, says NDRF chief

  • 16:33

    A cyclone shelter where normal capacity is 1,000 can accommodate only 400-500 people, due to the need for social distancing to avoid COVID-19

  • 16:32

    I request Railways not to bring back migrant workers to WB on Wednesday, Thursday morning as a precautionary measure, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

  • 16:30

    NDRF teams have been deployed in 6 districts of Odisha, says NDRF chief

  • 16:29

    NDRF teams have been deployed in 7 districts of West Bengal, says NDRF DG SN Pradhan

  • 16:27

    This is the second super cyclone which has been formed in Bay of Bengal after 1999, says IMD chief

    This is the most intense cyclone - the second super cyclone - which has been formed in Bay of Bengal after 1999. Its wind speed in the sea right now is 200-240 kmph. It is moving towards north northwestward direction, saysMet deptchief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

  • 16:25

    NDRF chief SN Pradhan elucidates the deployment of NDRF teams, 34 teams have been deployed, 7 on standby

  • 16:24

    Every Battalion has 4 teams, so there are 24 teams on standby, says NDRF Chief SN Pradhan

  • 16:23

    Additional backup teams identified, says NDRF chief

    We've kept an additional backup. 6 NDRF Battalions - 11, 9, 1, 10, 4, 5 have been identified for it. 11 battalion is in Varanasi, 9 in Patna, 1 in Guwahati, 10 in Vijaywada, 4 in Arakkonam & 5 battalion in Pune. They have military airports & troops can be brought on short notice, saysNDRF Chief

  • 16:22

    It is for the first time that we are having to face two disasters simultaneously, we are facing a dual challenge of "Cyclone in the time of COVID19". We are taking action according to the enormity of this challenge, says NDRF DG SN Pradhan

  • 16:17

    Amphan will make landfall tomorrow, it will be in the category of extremely severe cyclonic storm, preparedness is being taken accordingly

  • 16:16

    At least 3 lakh people evacuated from 3 coastal districts of WB and moved to relief shelters, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

  • 16:15

    15 teams are deployed in Odisha. They are carrying out awareness drives, communication drives, and evacuation. 19 teams are deployed in West Bengal, 2 in standby there. We are facing a dual challenge right now - COVID-19 and cyclone, saysNDRF Chief SN Pradhan

  • 15:50

    Indian Navy dispatches diving team to Kolkata

    As the weather deteriorates view the forthcoming Supercyclone Amphan, a diving team from the Indian Navy arrives at Kolkata to provide assistance to the State Government in relief operations. The diving team was flown in from Vizag by an Indian Navy Dornier and has reached Kolkata at noon today.

    The team hasspecialised equipment with them which can be used in case of rescue if flooding occurs and have been positioned at the Naval Service Selection Board at Diamond Harbour. An additional diving team has been kept standby at Chilka for quick repositioning if the situation demands.

  • 15:42

    Super Cyclone Amphan to cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts during afternoon to evening of 20th May 2020

  • 15:31

    Coastal Andhra Pradesh likely to receive light to moderate rains under influence of Super cyclone Amphan.

  • 15:07
  • 15:05

    36 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are currently deployed in both states. Rescue & relief teams of Army & Navy along with ships & aircraft of Navy, Air Force & Coast Guard have been put on standby: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

  • 15:04

  • 13:40

    Here is a list of damages expected, as released by the IMD:

    Extensive damage to all types of kutcha houses, some damage to old badly managed pucca structures.

    Potential threat from flying objects.

    Extensive uprooting of communication and power poles.

    Disruption of rail/road link at several places.

    Extensive damage to standing crops, plantations, orchards.

    Blowing down of palm and coconut trees.

    Uprooting of large bushy trees.

    Large boats and ships may get torn from their moorings.

  • 13:34

    Super Cyclone Amphan is likely to make landfall between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans with maximum sustained wind 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph during afternoon to evening of tomorrow, the 20th May, says IMD.

  • 12:10
  • 12:04

    Home Minister Amit Shah speaks with Banerjee, Patnaik

    Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken with chief ministers of West Bengal and Odisha -- Mamata Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik --and reviewed the situation andpreparedness, while offeringall requisite help.

    Shah reiterated that the Central govt wasready to provide anysupport to both the affected states.

  • 12:00

    Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to chair meeting of National Crisis Monitoring Committee today. Apart from readiness of NDRF and defence forces, power and telecommunications departments directed to be ready with emergency response.

  • 11:59
  • 10:36

    Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan very likely to weaken into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 6 hours. Likely to move north-northeastwards across northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB) and Hatiya

  • 10:32

    People living in low lying areas of coastal districts in West Bengal being evacuated in view of Cyclone Amphan

  • 08:25
  • 21:45

    Compared to West Bengal, impact and damage expected will be less in Odisha

    Compared to West Bengal, impact and damage expected will be less in Odisha; however, areas in the track of high wind speeds are expected to face damage Fishing operations to be totally suspended, people to remain indoors, said the DG of theIndian Meteorological Department.

  • 21:23

    IMD issues wind warning for West Bengal

    The wind speed will be around 165 - 175 kmph when the cyclone crosses east Medinipur and North and South 24 Parganas districts strong winds will be felt over Kolkata, Hoogli, Howrah and West Medinipur too.

  • 21:16

    Met department issues wind warnings for Odisha

    Wind speed will increase from 45 - 55 kmph along south Odisha coast today to 110 - 120 kmph (gusting to 135 kmph) along North coastal Odisha

  • 21:14

    Here's an infographic forecasting the path and wind speed of the supercyclone

  • 21:07

    Amphan supercyclone timeline

  • 20:49

    23 NDRF teams with 4 teams on standby in West Bengal

    23 NDRF teams (4 on stand by) in West Bengal and 13 teams (17 on stand by) have been kept ready in Odisha. Some teams are in transit, they will reach either today night or tomorrow. Teams are helping in awareness drive, sensitization and evacuation - DG,

  • 20:45
  • 20:41

    Bhadrak and Balasore of Odisha are expected to be most affected by Amphan, wind speed at landfall will be between 195 - 200 km per hour, says NDRF DG

  • 20:38
  • 20:38
  • 20:11

    "When 'Amphan' makes landfall on May 20 morning or noon it will be an extremely severe cyclonic storm," says NDRF chief S N Pradhan

  • 20:11

    Meteorological dept warned of storm surge of 4-6 meter height above astronomical tide, will inundate low lying coastal areas of WB during landfall: Govt

  • 20:10

    Cyclone 'Amphan' will cause heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in coastal districts of West Bengal: Govt

  • 19:37

    Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi AC special train to run on diverted route

    Train numbers 02823 and 02824 operating betweenBhubaneswar and New Delhi,AC Special train starting from Bhubaneswar from 19th to 22nd May and starting from New Delhi from 18th to 21st May, 2020 will run on diverted route via Bhubaneswar-Angul-Sambalpur City-Jharsuguda-Rourkela-Tata bypassing Bhadrak-Balasore-Hijli route.

    Passengers going from and coming to Baleswar & Kharagpur will not get service of this train for four days, said railways.

  • 19:06

    Odisha govt asks Indian Railways to not operate Shramik special trains to and from coastal Odisha

    Due to Cyclone Amphan, the Odisha Government requested Indian Railways not to operate any Shramik Special trains to and from coastal Odisha till May 21. However, Indian Railways will continue operations to andfrom non-coastal districts.

  • 18:42

    Satellite image of Cyclone Amphan

  • 18:01

    During review, PM told that 25 NDRF teams deployed on ground for cyclone Amphan, 12 others ready in reserve, says the PMO

  • 17:58

    PM Modi reviews response preparedness, evacuation plan presented by National Disaster Response Force, says PMO

  • 17:08

    Integrated Display of Weather and Thunderstorm Warnings

  • 16:22

    Amphan turns Super Cyclone, Odisha initiates evacuation

    Cyclone 'Amphan' intensified into a super cyclonic storm on Monday and is likely to move across the northeast Bay of Bengal, and cross the West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts between Digha and the Hatia island on May 20, the IMD said.

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  • 15:50

    'Amphan very likely to intensify into a super cyclonic storm in next 6hrs'

    'Amphan' very likely to intensify into a super cyclonic storm in next 6hrs.We've issued heavy rainfall warnings for Gajapati, Puri, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara. Tomorrow rainfall activity to increase in Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajapur, Mayurbhanj, Khurja, Cuttack, said the director of IMD Bhubaneshwar.

  • 15:17

    Amphan intensifies into super cyclone; likely to cross West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts on May 20 as very severe cyclonic storm, says IMD

  • 14:17

    The NDRF has enhanced its strength to a total of 37 teams to combat the "dual challenge" of cyclone 'Amphan' amid the coronavirus pandemic: National Disaster Response Force Director General S N Pradhan

  • 12:49

    India Meteorological Department (IMD) issues heavy rainfall warning for Odisha, West Bengal, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya till May 21st in the light of Amphan.

  • 12:45

    To review the arising cyclone situation in various parts of the country, PM Modi will chair a high-level meeting with MHA & NDMA, says Home Minister Amit Shah

  • 12:40

    'AMPHAN’ intensified into Super Cyclonic Storm at 1130 IST today on May 18, 2020: IMD

  • 11:43

    'Amphan' likely to intensity further into super cyclone: IMD

    The extremely severe cyclonic storm 'Amphan', moving with a speed of 13 kmph over west-central and adjoining central parts of south Bay of Bengal, is likely to gain more strength and intensify further into a super cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours, the IMD said.

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  • 11:26

    Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’: 18th May 2020 (1000 to 1027 IST). Likely to intensify further as Super Cyclone, says IMD.

  • 10:11

    'Amphan' intensifies into severe cyclonic storm: MeT department

    Squall with speed reaching 45-55 kmph and gusting to 65 kmph is likely to commence along and off the south Odisha coast from May 18 evening. Wind with similar speed is also likely along and off Odisha coast from May 19 morning.

    The wind speed will increase becoming gale. Wind speed reaching 75-85 kmph, gusting to 95 kmph from May 20 morning is likely along and off the north Odisha coast.

    Read more here.

  • 10:06

    Cyclone 'Amphan': NDRF deploys 17 teams in Odisha, West Bengal

    NDRF Director General S N Pradhan said in a video message that the federal contingency force is "watching the situation closely from the headquarters and we are in touch with state governments, the Indian Meteorological Department and all stakeholder agencies".

    Read more here.