Cyclone Amphan: Central agencies asked to provide all assistance to Odisha, WB


New Delhi,  Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Thursday directed the Central Ministries, agencies to provide all required assistance expeditiously to Odisha and West Bengal governments in the aftermath of Super Clone Amphan which badly hit the coastal areas. 

Reviewing the rescue and restoration efforts during the meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), Mr Gauba directed the concerned Central Ministries and Departments to be in close touch with both state governments and provide all required assistance expeditiously.

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will be sending teams to carry out early assessment of damage and submit a report to the Government.
The Cabinet Secretary was informed that NDRF is moving additional teams in West Bengal to speed up restoration work, especially in Kolkata while Food Corporation of India(FCI) will also ensure adequate availability of food grains, especially rice, to West Bengal so that marooned people are provided immediate sustenance.

Chief Secretaries of Odisha and West Bengal informed that timely and accurate forecast by Indian Meteorological Department(IMD) and advance deployment of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) facilitated in evacuation of nearly 5 lakh people in West Bengal and about 2 lakh in Odisha.
“This has resulted in minimal loss of human lives, considering the fact that the intensity of the Amphan was next only to that of the Super Cyclone that struck Odisha in 1999 causing large scale devastation”, both State Chief Secretaries said.

Power Ministry and Department of Telecommunications will also assist in early restoration of services in both the states. The Railways, which suffered major damage to its infrastructure, is in the process of restarting its operations at the earliest.

West Bengal informed that there were major damage to agriculture, power and telecommunication facilities in Cyclone affected areas, while in Odisha the damage have been mainly limited to agriculture.

Chief Secretaries of West Bengal and Odisha participated in the NCMC Meeting through Video Conference while senior officers from the MHA, Defence, Shipping, Civil Aviation, Railways, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Power, Telecommunications, Steel, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Health, IMD, NDMA and NDRF also attended the meeting.