Bengal has requested Indian Army support for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services left devastated by Cyclone Amphan. In a series of three tweets this evening, the state’s Home Department called for mobilization of “maximum strength in unified command mode on 24×7 basis” to help get essential services like drinking water, sanitation and power supply back on track.
The cyclone swept through coastal Bengal on Wednesday, leaving a trail of destruction with thousands of homes damaged and trees and electric poles uprooted. State capital Kolkata suffered huge damage as the roaring winds tore off roofs, walls and trees, leaving roads blocked.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an aerial survey of affected regions yesterday, alongside Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, after which he announced assistance worth Rs 1,000 crore.