Cyclone Amphan leaves Kolkata Airport runway inundated

A day after Amphan, one of the most powerful cyclones in over a decade, hit the West Bengal and Odisha coasts, there have been reports of wide-spread devastation.

Cyclone Amphan leaves Kolkata Airport runway inundated

Kolkata: A day after Amphan, one of the most powerful cyclones in over a decade, hit the West Bengal and Odisha coasts, there have been reports of wide-spread devastation.

The severe cyclonic storm tore down power lines, uprooted trees, and left large parts of land inundated.

Cyclone Amphan, IMD

The Kolkata airport too has reprotedly suffered major damages due to Cyclone Amphan. The runway is completely inundated with flood water. An Air India hangar collapsed, while floodwaters left one Air India aircraft damaged.

Atleast a dozen people have reportedly died dut to the cyclone in West Bengal. Though a quick and timely action by NRDF helped in evacuating as many as 5 lakh people in West Bengal and over 2 lakh people in Odisha.  

Cyclone Amphan, IMD

The cyclonic system has since passed to Bangladesh leaving a trail of descrution in India, but heavy rains are expected over North Bengal all day on Thursday. Clear skies can be seen from Friday, an official from Alipore Meteorological Department said. 

Cyclone Amphan, IMD

Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Thursday reviewed the situation at cyclone-affected areas of Odisha and West Bengal with the states and central agencies concerned. 

West Bengal informed the secretary that there were major damages to agricultural lands, power and telecommunication facilities in cyclone-affected areas of the state. While, Odisha informed that damages have been mainly limited to loss of agriculture.