The Indian Army today provided three columns to assist Kolkata City authorities deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, one of the worst storms to have formed over the Bay of Bengal in recent years. This was shortly after the Bengal Home Department tweeted saying it had requested Army support.
In a series of tweets this evening, the Home Department called for mobilisation of “maximum strength… on 24×7 basis” for essential services like drinking water, sanitation and power supply.
The state also asked for aid from the Railways and the private sector in providing manpower and equipment, and said teams were at work clearing the remains of thousands of trees and buildings felled and destroyed as heavy rain and winds of up to 185 km per hour pummelled coastal Bengal.
“Government of West Bengal mobilises maximum strength in unified command mode on 24×7 basis for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services. Army support has been called for and NDRF and SDRF teams deployed,” the Home Department said.