West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that 72 people have lost their lives in the devastating Cyclone Amphan on Wednesday. She announced a compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh to the families of those who died.
“There have been casualties. I announce a compensation of Rs 2.5 Lakh to the families of those who died in Cyclone Amphan,” the chief minister said.
Banerjee said that never before she has seen such a disaster and will ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the state and take stock of the situation.
The PM has said the entire nation stands with Bengal and “no stone will be left unturned” to help those affected.
Strong winds with speed up to 125 kmph per hour upturned cars in Kolkata and left trees and electricity poles torn off and blocking roads. Portions of several battered buildings came crashing down in Kolkata.