Cyclone Amphan stormed into West Bengal with winds as fast as 185 kmph, triggering torrential rain and leaving a trail of devastation across a portion of the state, from deltaic regions to Kolkata, after it hit 20 kilometre east of Sagar Island in the Sunderbans.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the cyclone worse than the COVID pandemic and they don't know how they will survive. It has destroyed everything in its path, she said.
Tuhin Ghosh, director of the School of Oceanographic Studies at Jadavpur University, said that there will be a loss to life and property, loss to basic infrastructure, and loss to livelihoods due to saline water intrusion and large-scale inundation.
Amphan is the most severe cyclone faced by the state since the Odisha super cyclone of 1999.
Amphan hit West Bengal and Odisha and claimed at least 10-12 lives, has weakened into a cyclonic storm, said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
IMD added that it can cause heavy rains in Assam and Meghalaya.