Cyclone Umpuni, which caused widespread destruction in West Bengal More than 20,000 homes were destroyed. The devastating winds of 185 kms wreaked havoc throughout Odisha. Electricity and communication systems were strained. Roads were damaged in many places. Trees fell down and traffic was disrupted.
The wind, which blew from Wednesday afternoon, moved north-north-east of Kolkata and reached Bangladesh at noon. Wind intensified and became very mild. Hurricane Umpun, which is currently moving at six kilometers per hour, will be completely eliminated by Friday evening. Hurricane Umpun, which formed in the Bay of Bengal, reached the Sundarbans of Bengal on Wednesday. About 44 lakh people have been affected in Odisha. Heavy rains are expected in Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, the Met Office said. Five lakh people have been displaced in West Bengal and 2.37 lakh in Odisha. The Kolkata airport, which had been closed for hours due to the flooding, was reopened on Thursday.
The highest number of deaths were reported in South 24 Parganas – 18, Bengal 24 North Parganas and Kolkata – 15. Heavy rains were reported in Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, East Medinipur and Howrah districts. In North 24 Parganas, the entire house along the river Ichchamati was inundated. Water has reached 50 villages. 20 villages are still completely underwater. Taking into consideration the emergency situation, four teams of the National Disaster Response Force were flown to Bengal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bengal on Friday. The Prime Minister said that the whole country was standing with Bengal. Mamta Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, said that Umpuni has caused more destruction than Kovid.
Heavy rains are expected in Bangladesh for the next two days. Heavy rains have been reported in many places, including Cox’s Bazar, where some eight million Rohingya refugees live.
Bengal and Odisha should be helped: Pb
The CPI (M) Politburo has asked the Center to give adequate assistance to West Bengal and Odisha, which has declared the Umpun cyclone a national disaster. Relief and rehabilitation should be given priority now. Following the Kovid pestilence, the nation and the nation are engaged in a struggle for survival. Both states need the support and solidarity of the other governments and people of the country. PB expresses condolences to the families of those who lost their lives