THE TIMES OF INDIA | May 21, 2020, 08:06:21 IST


Barrelling in from the Bay of Bengal with wind speeds of up to 185kmph, severe cyclonic storm Amphan on Wednesday cut a swathe through northern Odisha before bearing down on West Bengal, where it claimed 10 to 12 lives. Stay with TOI for all updates:

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, reports ANI quoting IMD

Restoration work by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel underway at Airport Road in Kolkata, West Bengal, reports ANI quoting SN Pradhan, director general of NDRF


12 killed as cyclone Amphan batters Bengal at 165kmph

Barrelling in from the Bay of Bengal with wind speeds of up to 185kmph, severe cyclonic storm Amphan on Wednesday cut a swathe through northern Odisha before bearing down on West Bengal, where it claimed 10 to 12 lives, flattened houses and cast aside trees and electricity poles like matchsticks in six-and-a-half hours of monstrous fury that left Kolkata and most of south Bengal pulverised. Read full story

The very severe cyclonic storm Amphan lay centred at 2130 hrs IST of today, over West Bengal near latitude 22.8°N and longitude 88.7°E about 50 km northeast of Kolkata, reports ANI quoting IMD

3 dead in West Bengal (PTI)

While man and a woman were reported killed when trees came crashing down on them in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, a 13-year-old girl died in a similar incident in adjoining Howrah.

Rooftop tin shed of a school in Howrah blown away in strong winds

#WATCH West Bengal: Rooftop of a school in Howrah was blown away by strong winds earlier today. #CycloneAmphan https://t.co/nJY0KhAC3Z

— ANI (@ANI) 1589993294000

Current intensity of the storm near the centre is 140-150Kmph gusting to 165Kmph, reports ANI quoting IMD

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan tweets video of cyclone landfall

A glimpse of Super #CycloneAmphan making a #landfall at #Sundarbans. Prayers for people of #Odisha and #WestBengal.… https://t.co/gfvCma0T51

— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) 1589980145000

Power cuts reported in some areas of Kolkata following heavy rain and strong winds due to Cyclone Amphan (ANI)

Now, the system will move north-northeasterly, will weaken gradually and then become a depression tomorrow: HR Biswas, director, IMD-Bhubaneswar (ANI)

Odisha govt seeks preliminary report from districts

The Odisha government has asked the district collectors to submit cyclone Amphan damage assessment reports within 48 hours. The cyclone has caused widespread damage in the coastal districts of the state. (IANS)

Amphan crossed as a very severe cyclonic storm. While crossing, its wind speed was 155-165kmph gusting to 185kmph. Now it’s located at 35km northeast of Sagar island in West Bengal,70km south of Kolkata, 95km east-northeast of Digha: HR Biswas, director of IMD-Bhubaneswar (ANI)

5,500 houses damaged, two people dead and two others severely injured in North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, as per the 7pm report by Basirhat sub-divisional officer

Vice president Venkaiah Naidu Naidu expresses concern over Cyclone Amphan (PTI)

Amphan wreaks havoc in Kolkata

West Bengal: Streets in Kolkata waterlogged, trees uprooted and houses damaged due to strong winds and heavy rain a… https://t.co/SU6FC2ad8Q

— ANI (@ANI) 1589986964000


We are keeping a close watch on the situation. The storm has caused some trees getting uproted and power failure in various parts of the city. We have shifted a number of people from old dilapidated buildings in Kolkata to temporary rescue centres. Some of them have, however, refused to get relocated. Our officials are monitoring the situation on an hourly basis.

Firhad Hakim, administrator, Kolkata Municipal Corporation 

Howrah and Hoogly recorded maximum wind speed at 130kmph at 7.30pm


The situation is fast-transforming. It is a long haul. The duty of NDRF and other agencies does not end with landfall of the cyclone. Work actually begins after landfall in the form of relief and restoration.

NDRF chief SN Pradhan 

Wind speed has reduced marginally at Dumdum but Kolkata is still witnessing heavy showers

Maximum wind speed recorded in Kolkata was 133kmph at 7.20pm

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