The Indian Army today provided three columns to assist Kolkata City authorities deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, one of the worst storms to have formed over the Bay of Bengal in recent years. Two more were sent to North and South 24 Paraganas districts, according to news agency PTI.
This was after the Bengal Home Department tweeted saying it had requested Army support.
In a series of tweets this evening, the Home Department called for mobilisation of “maximum strength… on 24×7 basis” for essential services like drinking water, sanitation and power supply.
The state also asked for aid from the Railways and the private sector in providing manpower and equipment, and said teams were at work clearing the remains of thousands of trees and buildings felled and destroyed as heavy rain and winds of up to 185 km per hour pummelled coastal Bengal.
“Government of West Bengal mobilises maximum strength in unified command mode on 24×7 basis for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services. Army support has been called for and NDRF and SDRF teams deployed,” the Home Department said.
Drinking water and drainage infrastructure getting restored fast. PHE asked to supply water pouches in gap pockets. Generators being hired where necessary. More than a hundred teams from multiple departments and bodies working for cutting of fallen trees,(2/3)