New Delhi: The Army on Saturday accepted the West Bengal government’s request for assistance in restoration of essential infrastructure and services, sending five columns to help the Kolkata city civil administration in its efforts in this regard. Also Read - West Bengal: Cyclone Amphan Damages World's Largest Banyan Tree in Howrah Botanical Garden
In a statement, the Army said, “Based on the request from the government of West Bengal, the Indian Army has provided five columns to assist the Kolkata City Civil Administration in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan.” Also Read - Cyclone Amphan: West Bengal Farmers Stare at Catastrophic Losses in Aftermath of Superstorm
Earlier, in a tweet, the West Bengal Home Department had said, “Government of West Bengal mobilizes maximum strength in unified command mode on 24×7 basis for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services ASAP. Army support has been called for; NDRF and SDRF teams deployed.”
Notably, though the cyclone, which made its landfall on Wednesday, struck Odisha as well, it is West Bengal that has borne the brunt of it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who did an aerial survey in the two states on Friday, had announced financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for West Bengal and Rs 500 crore for Odisha.
On a related note, the Odisha government today said that it had already received its share of financial assistance, while adding that it will send a total of 500 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and Odisha Fire Services personnel to West Bengal for assisting in relief works there.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), on its part, said that in addition to 26 teams that are already in West Bengal, ten additional teams are likely to reach Kolkata by tonight.
Earlier today, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee requested the ministry of railways to not send any Shramik Special train to the state till May 26 as officials are busy in relief work there.