21 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: The cyclonic storm Amphan made landfall yesterday evening causing widespread damage to both Odisha and West Bengal. While 12 lives were lost in West Bengal, where it made landfall, one minor lost died in Bhadrak district of Odisha.
Just as Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD’s) warning bells rang, Odisha Government began its cyclone preparations which include evacuation, movement of people in low-lying areas and kuccha houses to cyclone shelters, safeguarding Rabi crops in mandis, deployment of ODRAF, NDRF teams, among other measures.
Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj and Kendrapada are the districts that bore the brunt of Cyclone Amphan.
As expected, Amphan caused widespread damage to the mentioned districts of Odisha as several trees were uprooted, electrical infrastructure was damaged, extensive damage to standing crops and several kuccha houses bore severe damage.
While the official figures are yet to come in regarding the exact extent of damage, the latest reports suggest that restoration work has commenced. A total of 36 teams of NDRF and ODRAF have been engaged in the coastal districts and they have been engaged along with 100 teams of OFDC.