Super cyclone Amphan is moving towards Bengal and Odisha and more than 50 lakh people are being evacuated to safer places. This morning, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee and Navin Patnaik and assured them of all possible help. Cyclone Amphan has been compared to a category 5 hurricane which is gathering strength and may make a landfall at the coast of Bengal late on Wednesday.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a telephonic discussion with Amit Shah over the arrangements and preparedness in West Bengal. The Home Minister assured Ms Banerjee that the central government is ready with the state government. Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba is meeting with the National Crisis Monitoring Committee to discuss how the National Disaster Response Force and defence forces, power and telecommunications departments are preparing their emergency response.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a discussion with the home minister reviewing measures to prepare for the cyclone and mitigate its damage. The weather experts have warned that cyclone “Amphan” may cause extensive damage as it has developed into a super cyclone over the Bay of Bengal. This is the second super cyclone over the Bay of Bengal in two decades.
Cyclone Amphan may hit the coastal areas at a speed of 195 kmph. The cyclone is moving at a speed of 220 to 230 kilometers per hour. It is the worst cyclone over the Bay of Bengal; since the 1999 super cyclone hit Odisha and killed nearly 10,000 people. The National Disaster Response Force is ready to respond, informed the PM. The wind speed can be life threatening to humans and animals. It can also damage crops, plantations, trees, mud houses and communications and electric poles.