The toll from Cyclone Amphan’s nine-hour march through south Bengal climbed to 72, including 15 lives lost in Kolkata alone, as city streets and villages continued throwing up bodies on Thursday, most of them electrocuted (in Kolkata) or buried under homes (in the districts). Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached West Bengal to take stock of the situation.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has announced Rs 1,000 crore relief for West Bengal. On the other hand, 2 lakh will be given to the kin of the dead and 50,000 to the kin of injured. The PM said the damage caused by the Cyclone is extensive and the Centre stands with West Bengal in these testing times, and will offer all support to help get the state back on its feet. Modi would next visit Odisha, which has also been impacted by the Cyclone.