Kolkata, May 25: As per media reports, twelve people have been killed in the coastal South 24 Parganas district. With the raising death toll due to Cyclone Aila, the army has been called in to the state to start rescue operations.
As the cyclone brought down heavy rains, the heightened wind speed uprooted trees and blocked roads. The cyclone has blocked railway tracks too leading to stoppage of rail services and passengers stranded. The train, auto, flight services have been withdrawn. Water logging in several areas have stopped the traffic.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has called on the army to help railway situation. The army too is stranded on its way.
The Crocodile breeding centre is reportedly submerged under water. The same is more or less the condition of some of the Tiger reserves.
The Met office has informed that districts of South Bengal would be lashed by storm and rains till Tuesday, May 24.
Cyclone Aila hits Kolkata, claims lives of three
Cyclone Aila has reported claimed the lives of three in West Bengal.
The cyclone that hit Kolkata around 11 AM has uprooted trees, hampered phone and other connections apart from taking lives of three.
The officials have informed that out of the three deceased, one was from the north part of the state while two were from the south. They were killed when tither trees or buildings collapsed on them.
Cyclone Aila hits Kolkata, Sunderbans under threat
Cyclone 'Aila' has hit India after Bangladesh proving the predictions of the Met Dept true.
Cyclone 'Aila' hit West Bengal on Monday, May 25 flooding villages, and throwing thousands of people out of their homes, the officials said. People along the two coastal southern districts were evacuated and the people in Kolkata were advised to stay indoors.
Aila which formed in the Bay of Bengal reached the city with a wind speed of 100 kph. The region that is worst hit not only hold thousands of families but also the biggest tiger reserve, Sundarbans Tiger Reserve.
The situation is being dubbed as 'grave' by the authorities who have released that at least 500 families have been displaced as of now.
The Metological Department earlier expected heavy to very heavy rainfall in Gangetic West Bengal over Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26.