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Cyclone 'Amphan' updates: 77 killed in West Bengal; Modi announces interim relief of Rs 1,000 crore

By Anuj Cariappa
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New Delhi, May 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an advance interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for cyclone-hit West Bengal on Friday.

In a video message after reviewing the situation with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the families of each of those killed during the devastation caused by cyclone Amphan, and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

At least 77 people have been reported killed so far in the state due to the extremely severe cyclone.

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Here are the Highlights:

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2:06 PM, 22 May
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an advance interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for cyclone-hit West Bengal on Friday. In a video message after reviewing the situation with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the families of each of those killed during the devastation caused by cyclone Amphan, and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
11:13 AM, 22 May
For PM's aerial survey visit, Central ministers (who hail from Odisha and West Bengal) Dharmendra Pradhan, Babul Supriyo, Pratap Chandra Sarangi and Debasree Chaudhuri will accompany him.
11:13 AM, 22 May
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on arrival at Kolkata Airport. The PM will be conducting an aerial survey
10:58 AM, 22 May
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee. He offered to give all support to West Bengal in view of the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan: Odisha Chief Minister's Office
10:58 AM, 22 May
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi: The widespread devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal and Odisha is disturbing. My condolences to the families of those who have perished and I pray the injured make a speedy recovery. I offer my support to the brave people of these two states in this time of crisis.
10:58 AM, 22 May
Cyclone Amphan, which has killed 77 people and left thousands homeless in West Bengal, is now considered even more destructive than Cyclone Aila which slammed southern Bangladesh and eastern India in 2009, the UN has said.
9:49 AM, 22 May
Modi will hold meetings with officials in Kolkata from 11 am to 1 pm. He will reach Bhubaneshwar in Odisha at 2.20 pm
9:49 AM, 22 May
As per latest reports, PM Modi will reach Kolkata at 10.50 am. He will then fly to Bashirhat in a chopper with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
9:49 AM, 22 May
Broadcasters in Bangladesh reported 13 were killed. About 10 million people in Bangladesh remained without electricity, said Moin Uddin, chairman of the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board.
9:48 AM, 22 May
Amphan came ashore Wednesday with heavy rain, a battering storm surge and sustained winds of 170 kph (105 mph) and gusts up to 190 kph (118 mph). It devastated coastal villages, knocking down mud houses, tearing down utility poles and uprooting trees.
9:48 AM, 22 May
Chief ministers Mamata Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik would join PM Narendra Modi during the aerial survey in their respective states.
9:46 AM, 22 May
The Odisha government on Thursday showered praises on the India Meteorological Department (IMD), saying weather forecast is getting better with time, a day after cyclone ‘Amphan’ rolled past its coast causing minimal damage in the state.
9:29 AM, 22 May
West Bengal Chief Minister has Mamata Banerjee said that Rs 1,000 crore fund has been created for restoration work for areas affected by the cyclone.
9:20 AM, 22 May
The cyclone-hit areas have around 8,500 mobile towers on which around 36,000 base stations of different operators run.
9:13 AM, 22 May
Cyclone Amphan uproots over 5,000 trees in Kolkata. The loss would impact the micro-climate in different localities as oxygen levels will go down, pollution will increases and so would the heat.
9:01 AM, 22 May
Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves from Delhi for West Bengal to take stock of the situation in the wake of cyclone Amphan.
8:55 AM, 22 May
19 deaths have been reported in Kolkata due to cyclone Amphan: Kolkata Police
8:52 AM, 22 May
According to reports, the death toll due to cyclone Amphan has reached jumped from 72 to 76 in India.
8:45 AM, 22 May
Restoration works are being carried out at Uluberia, Howrah, West Bengal, by NDRF in the wake of cyclone Amphan.
8:38 AM, 22 May
Depression (remnant of the Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan) weakened into a well marked low pressure area over north Bangladesh and neighbourhood at 11.30 pm on May 21: IMD
8:32 AM, 22 May
With the combined power of three hurricanes, Amphan’s rage has left an irreparable damage on the ecological fragile Sundarbans region and its people in South and North 24-Parganas.
12:27 AM, 22 May
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi offers 'condolences and support' to those affected by Cyclone Amphan. "I offer my support to the brave people of these two states in this time of crisis," Gandhi said.
12:27 AM, 22 May
Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were airlifted on Thursday from Pune to join rescue operations in cyclone-hit West Bengal and Odisha, said an official. The tropical cyclone 'Amphan' hit coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha on Wednesday.
12:26 AM, 22 May
State of Kerala stands in solidarity with the people of Odisha: Pinarayi Vijayan
8:57 PM, 21 May
2 teams of National Disaster Response Force were airlifted by an Indian Air Force aircraft to Kolkata, West Bengal from Pune, Maharashtra, today.
8:57 PM, 21 May
PM Narendra Modi will travel to West Bengal and Odisha to take stock of the situation in the wake of CycloneAmphan, tomorrow. He will conduct aerial surveys and take part in review meetings, where aspects of relief and rehabilitation will be discussed: Prime Minister's Office
8:52 PM, 21 May
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today took an aerial survey of districts affected by the Cyclone Amaphan in the state.
8:49 PM, 21 May
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to undertake aerial survey of cyclone-affected areas on Friday: Official sources.
6:06 PM, 21 May
Kolkata Airport resumed operation from 12 noon after severe Cyclone Amphan ravaged at wind speed of 130kmph.The first flight, a Russian chartered plane landed at 2:31 pm for evacuation of stranded Russian nationals. First departure was SpiceJet cargo flight for Delhi. Effective planning and team work has minimised the effects of Cyclone at Kolkata Airport and airport authorities have said that teams are working round the clock to ensure uninterrupted services.
5:48 PM, 21 May
IMD Chief in his daily press briefing today said that the cyclone will no more have any adverse impact on West Bengal. He said, " Very to very heavy rainfall is expected in Assam especially in western part and in Meghalaya. Arunachal Pradesh will also receive some rainfall at isolated places."
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