New Delhi: At least 12 people were killed and thousands were rendered homeless in West Bengal as cyclone Amphan battered the state along with adjoining Odisha and Bihar at a speed of up to 185 km per hour. The Indian Meteorological Department has said that now the cyclone has moved north-northeastwards and within the next three hours will weaken into a deep depression resulting in heavy rains in these states. Also Read - ZEE 24 Ghanta Conducts E-conclave Notun Disha in West Bengal; Ministers Discuss Strategies to Deal With Coronavirus, Amphan
“Area after area has been ruined. I have experienced a war-like situation today. At least 10-12 people have died. Nandigram, Ramnagar….the two districts of North and South 24 Parganas are destroyed,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. Also Read - Odisha Reports Highest Single-day Spike With 129 COVID-19 Cases
After making landfall at 2.30 p.m. between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya island in Bangladesh, cyclone Amphan cut a swathe through the coastal areas, flattening fragile dwellings, uprooting trees and electric poles. At least 6.58 lakh people were evacuated in West Bengal and Odisha before the cyclone struck. Also Read - Indian Railways News: Demand For Shramik Specials Going Down But Trains Will Continue, Says Chairman
In Odisha, intense rainfall was recorded in several areas of Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Ganjam, Ganjam, Bhadrak and Balasore districts since Tuesday.