Day after Cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in West Bengal, uprooting trees and electricity polls, affecting the lives of millions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the people that no stone will be left unturned to restore normalcy in the state. At least 10-12 people have lost their lives during the cyclone, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said.
In a series of tweets, PM Modi said: "Have been seeing visuals from West Bengal on the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan. In this challenging hour, the entire nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal. Praying for the well-being of the people of the state. Efforts are on to ensure normalcy."
In another tweet, the prime minister talked about Odisha, "My thoughts are with the people of Odisha as the state bravely battles the effects of Cyclone Amphan. Authorities are working on the ground to ensure all possible assistance to those affected. I pray that the situation normalises at the earliest."
"NDRF teams are working in the cyclone-affected parts. Top officials are closely monitoring the situation and also working in close coordination with the West Bengal government.
"No stone will be left unturned in helping the affected," he said.
Home Minister Amit Shah, too, said the Centre was closely "monitoring cyclone Amphan situation and are in continuous touch with concerned authorities".
"I have spoken to CMs of Odisha and West Bengal over cyclone situation; assured them of all possible help from Centre," he was quoted as saying PTI.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (Met) said on Thursday that 'Amphan' has weakened significantly and moved over to Bangladesh as a cyclonic storm after clobbering West Bengal, leaving at least 12 dead and blowing up shanties, uprooting thousands of trees and swamping low-lying areas.
In the next three to six hours it will further dissipate into a deep depression and a depression, the two stages that signify a further weakening of the cyclone, it said.