HIGHLIGHTS | 6.5 lakh evacuated, at least 12 dead as Cyclone 'Amphan' batters Bengal, Odisha; to weaken into 'deep depression'
While man and a woman were reported killed when trees came crashing down on them in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, a 13-year-old girl died in Howrah.
An extremely severe cyclone packing winds of up to 190 kmph Wednesday rampaged through coastal Odisha and West Bengal, dumping heavy rain, swamping homes and farmland, officials said.
While man and a woman were reported killed when trees came crashing down on them in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, a 13-year-old girl died in a similar incident in adjoining Howrah.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is monitoring the situation from Nabanna, the state secretariat, however, claimed at least 10-12 people lost their lives.
WATCH | Amphan cyclone strongest one over Bay of Bengal in the 21st century: IMD Head
Testing (Molecular based) update
Total number of samples tested is 28,34,798; number of samples tested in 24 hours is 1,15,364: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Cyclone enters Bangladesh
Normalcy returns in Odisha
Scenes of destruction from Kolkata
NDRF carries out restoration works in Bengal
Latest cyclone bulletin
Severe cyclonic storm #Amphan over Bangladesh & adjoining West Bengal coast moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 30 km/ph during the past 6 hours. Very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards & weaken further into a deep depression during the next 3 hours: IMD pic.twitter.com/DgwUsyNZu6— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2020
List of areas in Bengal which got affected by the cyclone
US stands with India and Bangladesh as they brace for Cyclone: Alice Wells
We stand w/ India & Bangladesh as they prep for Cyclone Amphan. We support them via our disaster assistance efforts in the region, including @USAID’s construction & restoration of 550+ shelters in Bangladesh since 2001 & @NOAA's work w/ India to improve cyclone forecasting. AGW— State_SCA (@State_SCA) May 20, 2020
Amphan lay centered at bout 50 km northeast of Kolkata
The very severe cyclonic storm Amphan lay centred at 2130 hrs IST of today, over West Bengal near latitude 22.8°N and longitude 88.7°E about 50 km northeast of Kolkata: India Meteorological Department
SUPER CYCLONE ‘AMPHAN’ CROSSED WEST BENGAL-BANGLADESH COASTS AS A VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM WITH THE SPEED OF 155-165 KMPH GUSTING TO 185 KMPH ACROSS SUNDERBAN NEAR LAT. 21.65°N AND LONG. 88.3°E. AND LAY CENTRED AT 1930 HRS IST OF TODAY, THE 20TH MAY 2020. pic.twitter.com/uZ04sKKyau— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) May 20, 2020
UN, Bangladesh working on preparedness, response activities
The United Nations and the Bangladesh government are making preparations as the powerful cyclone Amphan makes landfall in the region, a UN spokesperson said. The Secretary-General's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said that the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team, co-led by the UN and the Government of Bangladesh, is working on preparedness and response activities.
Odisha government asks collectors of cyclone-affected districts to submit initial report on damages
After the extremely severe cyclonic storm rolled past the Odisha coast, triggering heavy downpour and fierce winds, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena said the collectors have been asked to submit the reports on the extent of damage in their respective districts within 48 hours. (READ MORE)
Cyclone 'Amphan' batters Bengal, Odisha as 6.5 lakh evacuated, three dead
India Meteorological Department Director General Mrityunjay Mohapatra, who jointly addressed the media with Pradhan, said gale-strength winds speeding at 160-170 kmph were pounding South and North 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts and could be gusting up to 185 kmph. (READ MORE)
WATCH | Strong winds and heavy rain damaged police barricading at Howrah Bridge
19 NDRF teams have been deployed in coastal areas of West Bengal
19 NDRF teams have been deployed in coastal areas of West Bengal. NDRF teams assisted the local administration in the safe evacuation of more than 5 lakh people to safer places, till now: Public Relations, National Disaster Response Force
NDRF has deployed its 39 self-contained rescue and relief teams
NDRF has deployed its 39 self-contained rescue & relief teams in coastal areas of West Bengal & Odisha in view of Cyclonic Storm #Amphan. As many as 20 NDRF teams are deployed in the coastal areas of Odisha: Public Relations, National Disaster Response Force
Amphan crossed as a very severe cyclonic storm: Director of IMD, Bhubaneswar
#Amphan crossed as a very severe cyclonic storm. While crossing its wind speed was 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph. Now it's located 35 km northeast of Sagar island (West Bengal),70 km south of Kolkata,95 km east-northeast of Digha: HR Biswas,Director of IMD Bhubaneswar (Odisha) pic.twitter.com/1Df3mFpn0o— ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2020
Power cuts in Kolkata
Power cuts reported in some areas of Kolkata following strong winds and heavy rain.
Cyclone Amphan heading towards Kolkata
5,500 houses damaged in Bengal
5500 houses damaged, 2 persons dead and 2 severely injured in North 24 Parganas, as per 7 pm report by Bibek Vasme, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Basirhat.
Mamata will be staying in State Secretariat to monitor the situation
Mamata had directed the control room to cut off the power supply in these areas. According to sources, "The Chief Minister will be staying in the State Secretariat to monitor the situation from the control room."
WATCH | Super Cyclone Amphan claims two lives, causes severe damage in south Bengal
Power supply cut off in North and South 24 Parganas of West Bengal
Teen hit by tin shed dies in Howrah
A teenage girl passed away in Howrah district after being hit by a tin-shed becoming the third victim to the Super Cyclone in West Bengal.
Amphan crosses West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts as very severe cyclonic storm with speed of 155-165 kmph
Super Cyclone 'Amphan' crossed West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts as a very severe cyclonic storm with the speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph across Sunderban.
3-month-old boy dies after wall collapses due to heavy rains caused by Amphan in Odisha's Bhadrak
Here are the emergency control room numbers
In case of an emergency, call Control Room Numbers:
Whatsapp Number: 9432624365
Kejriwal expresses solidarity with people affected by cyclone
Cyclone Amphan claims two lives in West Bengal
Extremely severe cyclone Amphan made landfall between Digha, West Bengal, and Hatia island in Bangladesh leaving a trail of destruction and claiming two lives. One teenager died in Howrah district and a woman passed away in Minakha, North 24-Parganas district. The extent of damage is yet to be ascertained. (READ MORE)
Cyclone 'Amphan' to make complete landfall by 7 pm: IMD
Cyclone Amphan is currently crossing the West Bengal coast near the Sunderbans and will reach near Kolkata by evening, IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said on Wednesday as the storm was making a landfall. He said strong winds with an intensity of 160 kilometres per hour have commenced in coastal West Bengal districts. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
WATCH | Tree uprooted in Kolkata due to strong winds caused by Cyclone Amphan
Cyclone Amphan crossing West Bengal coast between Digha and Hatiya
Super Cyclone #Amphan is crossing West Bengal Coast between Digha&Hatiya close to Sunderban. The forward sector of wall clouds has entered into the land. Landfall process will continue and take 2-3 hours to complete: India Meteorological Department in a bulletin issued at 4:30 pm— ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2020
'Cyclone warning issued for Bangladesh': More updates from the IMD DG
- South and North 24 Parganas to witness lull as eye of cyclone passes through, but heavy rains, strong winds will resume in 30 minutes
- India also issuing cyclone warning to Bangladesh
- Wind speed in Kolkata and adjoining districts likely to be 110-120 kmph; Damage expected
First arm has touched land, eye of cyclone expected to touch land soon: IMD DG
- Strong winds have commenced in coastal West Bengal; We are getting reports that wind speed could be around 160 kmph
- Cyclone Amphan will reach near Kolkata by Wednesday evening
- First arm of Cyclone Amphan has touched land; Eye of cyclone is expected to touch land anytime now
NDRF has deployed 20 teams in Odisha, 19 teams in West Bengal
Addressing a press briefing, NDRF chief SN Pradhan said
- NDRF has deployed 20 teams in Odisha; 19 deployed in West Bengal, 2 in standby in state
- More than 5 Lakh people have been evacuated in West Bengal and 1,58,640 people in Odisha
- Based on experiences during cyclone FANI, all the teams are equipped with tree cutters/pole cutters for post landfall restoration, if need arises
WATCH | Heavy winds blow in Sagar Islands
All flyovers in Kolkata closed, flight operations suspended till 5 am tomorrow
- Kolkata airport authorities have suspended flight operations till 5 am tomorrow
- All flyovers in Kolkata have been closed
- Mud houses collapsed, trees uprooted in Kakdwip, South 24 Parganas district
NDRF personnel on the ground clearing electricity wires and uprooted trees
West Bengal: National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel clear electricity wires and uprooted trees off the road between Digha in East Midnapore district and Odisha border. The landfall process of #CycloneAmphan commenced since 2:30 PM, will continue for about 4 hours. pic.twitter.com/IKZ1QE3Gr1— ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2020
Landfall begins, process will continue for 4 hours
WATCH | Strong winds ravage throught Talasari beach
Cyclone Amphan to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coast with wind speed of 155-165 kmph: IMD
#AmphanSuperCyclone to move north-northeastwards and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coast between Digha and Hatiya close to Sunderbans during late afternoon to evening hours of today (1600 hours IST onwards) with a wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph: IMD pic.twitter.com/DtDgZeeJYZ— ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2020
Cyclone 'Amphan' rolls towards Indian shores, unleashes downpour, flattens dwellings
Extremely severe cyclone 'Amphan' hurtled towards Indian shores on Wednesday, triggering downpour in coastal Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal, uprooting trees, flattening fragile dwellings and forcing evacuation of over four lakh people, officials said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Indian Coast Guard deploys 7 ships along eastern seaboard for initial assessment
#CycloneAmphanUpdate | Indian Coast Guard deploys seven ships along the eastern seaboard for initial assessment, search and rescue and relief operations for #CycloneAmphan. 20 Coast Guard Disaster Relief Teams standby for immediate mobilisation, reports @scribesoldier.— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) May 20, 2020
Woman delivers baby in fire service vehicle in Odisha's Kendrapara as cyclone 'Amphan' rages
Both the mother and the newborn are healthy and have been shifted to Mahakalpada government-run community health centre in the district, Deputy Fire Officer P K Dash said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Cyclone nears Bengal's Digha
WATCH | Super cyclone 'Amphan': Over 1 lakh evacuated in Odisha, WB flights suspended
WATCH | Scenes of destruction from Odisha
Bengal villagers prepare ahead of cyclone's landfall
WATCH | Digha Police asks people to stay indoors
Cyclone nears Bengal
UPDATE - #SuperCycloneAmphan about 125 km south-southeast of Digha (West Bengal) at 11:30 am. To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha, West Bengal & Hatiya Islands, Bangladesh close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from afternoon: India Meteorological Dept pic.twitter.com/M6h7NWRbrC— ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2020
Tamil Nadu bears the Cyclone Amphan onslaught
Supercyclone #Amphan destroyed #banana plantation in Sivathaiapuram, Servaikaranmadam, Sawyerpuram, Peikulam, Kulayankarisal, Athimarapatti, Kootampuli and other surrounding villages. #Thoothukudi @xpresstn @VinodhArulappan @CollectorTuty pic.twitter.com/oYltb6HMnL— Godson Wisely Dass (@tnie_godson) May 20, 2020
WATCH | Tamil Nadu news bulletin
WATCH| A brief news bulletin from the Tamil Nadu bureau of The New Indian Express— TNIE Tamil Nadu (@xpresstn) May 20, 2020
Scroll down the thread for more details and stories.@NewIndianXpress @SushmithaRam #TamilNadu #TamilNaduCoronaupdate #TamilNadulockdown #Chennai #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/0kEOIjHLjS
NDRF on relief efforts
Wind speed has picked up near coastal Odisha and is blowing at around 100 kmph at Paradip. Wind is not that strong in West Bengal. Odisha has evacuated nearly 1.5 lakh people from Balasore, Bhadrak and West Bengal has evacuated over 3.3 lakh people: NDRF Chief SN Pradhan.
Bulletin from Odisha
WATCH | Sea water surges into Odisha village
Weather update from Bengal
Cyclone Amphan lies 177km south southeast of Digha. After landfall, it is likely to move north northeast close to Kolkata. At the time of crossing coast, wind speed to be around 155-165kmph. It is likely to retain intensity as cyclone till May 21 morning: Deputy Director, IMD Kolkata.
Latest weather bulletin
#SuperCycloneAmphan about 120 km east of Paradip (Odisha) at 10:30 am. To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from the afternoon: India Meteorological Department (IMD) pic.twitter.com/MAwVsOVVuA— ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2020
Navy gears up for the Cyclone challenge
- Eastern Naval Command in high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance. Naval ships at Vizag on standby to proceed to affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief, evacuation, and logistic support including providing medical aid.
- 20 rescue teams with Gemini boats and medical teams also kept ready for augmenting rescue & relief efforts in Odisha & West Bengal. Naval aircraft also standing by at Naval Air Stations - INS Dega, Visakhapatnam & INS Rajali, Arakkonam.
- These ships are embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats and relief material including food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets in sufficient quantities.
- Eastern Naval Command is monitoring the developments in the Bay of Bengal closely and Naval Officers-in-Charge (West Bengal) and (Odisha) are in constant communication with respective State Administrations to augment rescue and relief operations as needed.
More update from Kolkata Airport
- Cargo and evacuation flight operations at the Kolkata airport have been suspended till 5 am of Thursday due to the cyclonic storm 'Amphan', airport officials said. The cyclone is expected to make a landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh coast this afternoon or evening.
- "Due to the cyclone, flight operations at Kolkata airport has been suspended till 5 am of May 21," a senior airport official said.
- The cyclone lay centred about 240 km south of Digha in West Bengal on Wednesday morning as an extremely severe cyclonic storm, the Met department said here.
- The intensity near the centre of the storm was 170 to 180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph, the Met said.
Coast Guard on standby
Indian Coast Guard ships and aircraft are kept at stand by for deployment to undertake area scan, search and rescue and relief efforts.
Latest weather bulletin
WATCH | Strong winds in Odisha's Bhadrak
Howrah-New Delhi AC Special Express cancelled due to cyclone 'Amphan'
- The departure of Howrah-New Delhi AC Special Express for Wednesday has been cancelled owing to the super cyclone 'Amphan', the Eastern Railway said in Kolkata.
- It said that since the system is most likely to cause heavy rain and storm, the departure of 02301 Howrah-New Delhi AC Special Express on Wednesday and 02302 New Delhi-Howrah AC Special Express on May 21 would remain cancelled.
- The Met department in an advisory asked for stoppage or diversion of train movements owing to damage likely to be caused by the super cyclonic storm.
Kolkata Airport closed for Wednesday
All operations suspended at Kolkata Airport till 5 am tomorrow in view of Cyclone Amphan including special flights, which were operational in view of COVID-19 pandemic: Airport Director of West Bengal.
Latest information on when the Cyclone Amphan will make landfall
- Super Cyclone Amphan about 120 km east-southeast of Paradip, Odisha at 8:30 am today. To cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. Landfall process to commence from the afternoon: India Meteorological Department.
- Cyclone 'AMPHAN' lies 110kms from Paradip and is moving at a speed of 18-19kmph. An hour ago, wind speed of 102 kmph was observed at Paradip. Landfall expected near Sunderbans in West Bengal by late evening today. Next six-eight hours crucial: PK Jena, Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha.
More visuals from Digha as cyclone nears
WATCH | High tide in Bengal's Digha
IN PICS | Bhadrak takes hammering from Cycole AMPHAN
Odisha evacuates 1.16 lakh as cyclone Amphan brings rain and gale
So far no reports of damage to life and property have come in from Bhadrak, Balasore, Kendrapara districts. The administration had moved swiftly to evacuate people to safer places as it apprehended gale wind reaching a speed of 125 km per hour since the tropical cyclone is to brush past the northern coasts on its way to West Bengal and Bangladesh coast where it is expected to make landfall by afternoon. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
WATCH | Strong winds, heavy rainfall in Bhubaneswar
WATCH | Latest scenes from the Bhadrak-Chandbali highway
The emergence of summer cyclones
As if the Covid-19 pandemic was not bad enough, West Bengal and Odisha now have a natural calamity to stand up to. Tropical cyclone Amphan, which brewed over the Bay of Bengal long enough to turn into a super cyclone over the sea, has now weakened a bit. But by the time it reaches the West Bengal-Bangladesh coast between Digha and Hatiya as predicted on Wednesday, it would still be a fierce storm powerful enough to wreak havoc. (READ THE FULL EDITORIAL HERE)
Andhra feels Cyclone effect too
WATCH | Rainfall and strong winds hit Bhadrak
Update from Paradip
NDRF gears up for the Cyclone challenge
19 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in West Bengal- six teams in South-24 Parganas, four teams each in East Midnapore and Kolkata, three teams in North-24 Parganas, one team each in Hooghly and Howrah: Nishit Upadhyay, NDRF second Battalion Commandant.