New Delhi: At least 50 personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) who worked during the devastating cyclone Amphan in West Bengal on Monday tested positive for coronavirus.Also Read - Go For Online Shopping, Avoid Travel: Centre Issues COVID Advisory to States Ahead of Festivals
The NDRF jawans had recently completed relief and restoration work for Cyclone Amphan that wreaked havoc last month. As many as 177 personnel have submitted swab tests for the deadly virus in West Bengal and Odisha after they returned to their respective stations. Also Read - Third Wave of Corona In India: Experts Warn Against Complacency Ahead of Diwali | Deets Inside
They were put in quarantine after one of their colleagues tested positive. Also Read - West Bengal Witnesses Spike in COVID Cases, Officials Blame Guideline Violation During Durga Puja
Almost all of those who tested positive are asymptomatic. More tests are being done, an official said. Those found positive have been admitted to hospital isolation facilities.
Cyclone Amphan made landfall in West Bengal on May 20 afternoon with a wind speed ranging from 155 to 185 kmph, accompanied by heavy rainfall.
After the storm abated, reports of the lives lost and the damages incurred began to emerge which led to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come and visit the affected areas.
The NDRF had deployed 19 teams in West Bengal for relief and rescue work during and after the cyclone that made landfall on May 20. Each team has about 45 personnel.
The force which has 12 battalions spread across the country for quick response has more than two dozen active coronavirus cases in other parts of the country.