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Modi to inspect cyclone damages in Bengal, Odisha

A flooded Kolkata went without drinking water, electricity and phone for the second day on Thursday and the airport remained inundated as coastal and interior Bengal took the brunt of the ripping super-cyclone which wreaked less damage to Odisha as it rolled past the State's coast to make landfall in Sunderbans.

NEW DELHI, May 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake an aerial survey of the areas devastated by the super-cyclone Amphan in Bengal and Odisha on Friday. He tweeted: "No stone will be left unturned" in helping the victims of the cyclone. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had urged Modi to inspect the damage.

She said 72 people were killed and estimated the damage from rain and storm at Rs 1 lakh cr. Twenty four lakh people were being evacuated to 12,000 shelter homes. The airport was inundated and its structures damaged.

On Wednesday afternoon, as predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department, the Amphan made landfall in coastal Bengal near Bangladesh border and ripped through Sunderbans, Howrah and Kolkata, devastating the areas along its track. NDRF DG SN Pradhan said normalcy will return in 48 hours even as the storm and flooding continued.

In Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, taking an aerial view of the devastation, said 48 lakh people were affected. Central teams are arriving to make an assessment of the damages the super-cyclone inflicted in both the States. Thousands of houses were flattened, trees uprooted, electricity, communication and other infrastructure and crops damaged. Roads and bridges were destroyed in the areas battered by the powerful storm and rain and surging flood waters.

The cyclone went on battering the Odisha-Bengal-Bangladesh region for four hours. There was no electricity or water supply in Kolkata for the second day on Thursday.The airport was flooded. Phones were not working as towers were damaged. The ripper devastaed Sunderbans, East Midnapore, Howrah and North and South 24-Parganas also. alongwith several areas of Bangladesh.

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