Kolkata, May 19 : West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday appreciated efforts made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contain the impact of the severe cyclonic storm 'Amphan' that will make landfall on May 20. Taking to his twitter handle, Mr Dhankhar said, “Appreciate efforts @PMOIndia@MamataOfficial to contain impact #Amphan that makes landfall on May 20 East Medinipur, South,North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Kolkata likely to be worst affected by cyclone., “NDRF and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) are in a state of preparedness.,” he said. In another tweet, the governor said, “ICG ships and aircraft on patrol are directing fishing boats operating at sea to return to the harbour for safety.”
“Proud of our scientific achievements #IMD for such accurate forecast that helps efforts in synergy. Let’s keep the political virus away in these trying times,” he added. Meanwhile, at Digha in East Midnapore district of West Bengal, a silent, sombre frothy sea coast awaits with a palpated heart the unwelcome lashing of Amphan on the seashore with a speed between 165 and 175km/h in the next 24hours. The severe cyclonic storm has a devastating capacity of large scale destruction of the coastal areas of the district leaving the authorities worried here.
District Magistrate Partha Ghosh said a group of National Disaster Rescue Force reached here and started rescuing and removing people from low lying place. As because no fishermen are in the sea due to a-3-month moratorium in fishing there is no problem with them. All Flood Centres have been visited and all Blocks alerted. The DM also apprehends that 3-6 metres high sea waves may lash the sea dykes at different points. Farmers in West Midnapore district have started cutting their standing boro crops to minimize losses.
At Sundarbans in South 24 Parganas district cyclone Amphan is coming at high speed and the Alipore Meteorological Department said the cyclone could hit land by Wednesday evening and before that, various preparations were made across the Sundarbans areas. The work has been started to evacuate the locals from the areas adjacent to the river embankment in the Sundarbans since Monday afternoon.
As of Monday night, about 1,000 locals had been evacuated to various schools and disaster centers. Sundarbans Development Minister Monturam Pakhira said all residents would be evacuated from the area adjacent to the Sundarbans river dam by Tuesday night. (UNI)