Kolkata, May 21 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said at least 72 people have died in the state due to extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ Ms Banerjee said most of them died due to uprooting of trees and electrocution. Fifteen of the 72 who died were from Kolkata. Urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the state to review the situation, Ms Banerjee said during a video press conference, "Till now, 72 people have died due to cyclone Amphan.
I have asked the PM to visit Sunderbans. In this hour or crisis, let us work together... Amit Shah called me this afternoon and assured the centre will extend full help," the Chief Minister said. The Prime Minister said the entire nation stands with Bengal and "no stone will be left unturned" to help those affected. "In this challenging hour, the entire nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal.
Praying for the well-being of the people of the state. Efforts are on to ensure normalcy," the PM tweeted. Ms Banerjee announced a compensation of Rs 2.5 lakhs for those affected. “I announce a compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh each to the families of those who died in the cyclone," the chief minister said. “I have never seen such a disaster before. I will ask the PM to visit the state and see the situation,” she said. More (UNI)