Cyclone ‘Amphan’ has killed as many as 12 persons and ravaged Kolkata and several areas of West Bengal as it left behind a trail of destruction by uprooting trees, destroying thousands of homes and swamping low-lying areas.
As per the report, a man and a woman were killed when the trees came crashing down on them in the North 24 Parganas district. In a similar incident, a 13-year-old girl died in adjoining Howrah, the officials said.
Three people were killed in Hooghly and North 24 Paraganas districts due to the electrocution, a report said. Meanwhile, a woman and her 7-year-old son were killed in the Regent Park area of Kolkata after a tree fell on them, an official said.
The official stated that a person was killed in Kolkata after being hit by a flying object during the storm. Reportedly, the senior state officials said that it was too early to estimate a toll on life or damage to property as the hardest-hit areas were still not accessible.
With heavy rain and winds with speeds of up to 190 kmph, cyclone Amphan slammed the Digha coast of West Bengal at around 2:30 pm on Wednesday. Meanwhile, heavy rainfall and gusty winds hit various parts of the state. Likewise, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been monitoring the situation since Tuesday night, said that the impact of Amphan was worse than coronavirus.