Cyclone Amphan: Protests erupt as Bengal reels under storm aftermath; Army deployed for restoration work

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata, New Delhi |

Updated: May 23, 2020 11:01:30 pm

A shopkeeper dries clothes on uprooted trees, in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata, Saturday, May 23, 2020. (Photo: PTI)

Three days after cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in West Bengal, the death toll caused by the calamity in the state rose to 85. With the state struggling to restore essential services like drinking water, drainage, and electricity in the storm-ravaged areas, the state government sought the help of the Army.

On the state government’s request, Army Saturday deployed five columns of troops to assist the Kolkata City Civil Administration in post-cyclone relief work. “Based on the request from the Govt of West Bengal, Indian Army has provided five columns to assist the Kolkata City Civil Administration in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan,” the Army said in a statement.

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Apart from the Army, the Home Department of the state government also sought teams from railways and port for restoring essential infrastructure and services in the cyclone-ravaged areas. In a series of tweets, the department said, “Drinking water and drainage infrastructure getting restored fast. PHE asked to supply water pouches in gap pockets. Generators being…

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