NEW DELHI: West Bengal chief minister

Mamata Banerjee

on Thursday said that the devastation caused by

Cyclone Amphan

was unprecedented and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the state and review the situation.

“I have never witnessed such a fierce cyclone and destruction. I would request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come and visit the cyclone Amphan-affected areas,” Mamata Banerjee said.

The chief minister said that 72 people have died in the state due to the cyclone, which struck the coast on May 20.

Mamata Banerjee said that she will visit the affected areas very soon and added “The restoration work will start soon. A large part of North and South 24 Parganas and Kolkata are facing massive power cut since last evening. Even telephone and mobile connections are down.”

The chief minister announced a compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh each to the families of those who died in the cyclone.

Earlier in the day,

PM Modi

tweeted, “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 those affected. I pray the situation normalises at the earliest.”

In a subsequent tweet, the PM said , “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.”

NDRF teams are working in the cyclone affected parts. Top officials are closely monitoring the situation and also w…

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1590049237000

Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba has also reviewed the situation in the cyclone-affected areas of Odisha and West Bengal with the states and Central ministries and agencies concerned.

(With inputs from agencies)

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