NEW DELHI (AP) – Authorities began clearing roads and assessing damage on Friday after Cyclone Amphan crossed coastal communities in the east India and neighbor Bangladesh, killing more than 100 people and leaving millions displaced.
At the IndiaIn the state of West Bengal, which was impacted by the storm that caused extensive flooding in its capital, Calcutta, police and disaster response teams removed fallen trees and other debris, repaired the lines of communication and began removing hundreds of thousands of people. shelter people.
Amphibians hit the land on Wednesday as the most powerful storm in the region in more than a decade, pouring heavy rain amid a heavy storm.
The chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, said the cyclone should be treated as a national disaster and called for assistance from the federal government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi examined the worst-hit areas of West Bengal and the neighboring Odisha state by air.
It was Modi's first trip outside the national capital after imposing a coronavirus block in late March.
"The country is already going through a crisis and, during that period, we have to deal with a cyclone," said Modi in West Bengal.
He announced a $ 195 million aid fund for the two states hit by the storm.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed “solidarity with the people of India and Bangladesh how they face the impact of a devastating cyclone and also respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, ”said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. "The United Nations is ready to support these efforts."
The cyclone raised fears that it would exacerbate the spread of coronavirus in overcrowded emergency shelters.
In an initial assessment, employees in Bangladesh said the cyclone caused about $ 130 million in damage to infrastructure, housing, fishing, livestock, water resources and agriculture. The total extent of damage over IndiaThe east coast of the island was not immediately known.
Authorities in both countries managed to evacuate more than 3 million people before Amphan attacked.
At least 80 people were killed in West Bengal state and two deaths were reported in Odisha state. Broadcasters in Bangladesh reported 22 deaths. ___ Associated Press writer Julhas Alam in Dhaka, Bangladesh, contributed to this report.
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