Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that he saw the visuals of the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan, and added, "The entire nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal." He said top officials are working with West Bengal government. He added, "My thoughts are with the people of Odisha...Authorities are working on the ground to ensure all possible assistance."
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has said as many as 72 people have died within 24 hours of Cyclone Amphan in the state. She added that out of the 72 deceased, 15 were from Kolkata. She added that all the deceased were victims of tree and house collapses and electrocution. Around 5 lakh people have been evacuated in the state.
Skies in Odisha's capital Bhubaneswar turned pink on Wednesday after Cyclone Amphan made landfall in the state. Several residents of Bhubaneswar took pictures of the skies and shared them on social media. "My city is an example that we bloom with grace no matter how stormy the times be," a user tweeted sharing a picture.
At least 1.9 crore children in parts of India and Bangladesh are at "imminent risk" from flash flooding and heavy rain as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall, UNICEF said. West Bengal, "home to more than 50 million people, including over 16 million children, is expected to take a direct hit from the powerful storm," the UN agency added.