3 lakh evacuated as Amphan hurtles towards Bengal coast-THE HINDU-20-05-2020


On Tuesday evening, the cyclone lay about 360 km south of Paradip in Odisha and 510 km south-southwest of Digha. Very high wind speeds ranging up to 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph are expected, accompanied by heavy rainfall and storm surges of 4-5 metres in the coastal districts of the West Bengal.

35 NDRF teams:

The State government has evacuated about 3,00,000 perople from the coastal districts. Odisha said 35,000 people were moved to cyclone shelters while field level staff were shifting people to identified shelters.

The Odisha government has deployed 16 units of the NDRF and 15 units of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force. As many as 75 teams of Odisha Forest Development Corporation are in place to remove fallen and damaged trees while 340 gangs will carry out repairs of damaged power lines.

Of those evacuated in West Bengal, 200,000 are from South 24 Paraganas particularly from the Sunderbans. Teams of NDRF, State Disaster Response Force and BSF have been deployed at various districts.

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