Citizens in Kolkata are facing a devastating sight from Wednesday evening after severe cyclonic storm Amphan pummeled the city for more than seven hours till late night on Wednesday.
The cyclone has taken the roof from the head of many people in Kolkata.
One such devastating incident happened with the family of Shaheryar as they are left with no roof over their head.
The Kolkata based family lives in 52/1D, Bright Street, Kolkata 17, where on the Wednesday evening the family was heading for their Iftar but as they started to take their meal, the cyclonic winds started blowing. Thus right after that his family started rushing out as they were frightened due to the storm.
He further added that in the state of fear, his family of seven people, including two children went to his brother in law’s place which is at a walking distance. At 6.40 PM they got to know that their home has been destroyed due to the cyclone and now they have no roof on their head.
The family is asking for the help of CM Mamata Banerjee as it is a tough time and natural calamity has destroyed their place.
Flooded roads, broken homes and widespread power outages have been reported in the city after the worst storm in decades was reported.
Water-logging has also been reported in many low-lying areas in the city.
The cyclone is making life tougher for citizens in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Normal services have also been severely hit in Kolkata.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said during a press conference on Wednesday that the severe storm has destroyed one area after another, and many people shifted to temporary shelter homes may have no place to return.
She also said that at least 12 people have died in accidents as the cyclonic storm swept through Kolkata. “Two districts of North and South 24 Parganas are destroyed,” Banerjee said with a grim look on her face.
It may take a few more days to assess the damage caused by Amphan, but Banerjee said it would be close to Rs 1 lakh crore and added that it has caused greater damage to Bengal that the coronavirus pandemic.