If you are able to read this, then consider yourself lucky because the same isn’t happening with other parts of the country! With all the tension already brewing up, came Cyclone Amphan causing a major disaster in parts of east India and Bangladesh. This type of disastrous cyclone last came in 1999 in Odisha and today after 21 years making it worse than ever.
With the current COVID-19 situation in our country where the cases are now rising rapidly and the coming of these cyclones making the situation more sensitive , this couldn’t be any more worse than this!
The cyclone entered around 5:30 P.M. on May 18 with a speed of 155Km/h staying around for 6 hours in the city. One of the residents acclaimed “ suddenly, there was no electricity, no help, no internet connection, flooded streets, it felt like the city aged 10 years”.
Not only this, but the Airport couldn’t be identified as one after the cyclone, with water everywhere. Several structures have been completely damaged due to heavy and strong rains. The airport was also shut down on Wednesday because of the damage done by the cyclone. Also, all the flights from kolkata airport will start from 28 may, 2020 with 20 flights per day.
Not only this, but who knew that the city would wake up to the news of death tolls and that 5000 trees have been uprooted. Till date, 85 deaths have been reported in Kolkata caused by the cyclone.
270 years old ‘#GreatBanyanTree‘ in Kolkata’s Botanical garden is world’s widest tree with 3300 aerial roots spread in 156000 sq feet area.— Dr Asha Landge (@ashalandge) May 22, 2020
#CycloneAmphan hit it hard & now it is no more ‘tree with the biggest canopy’.
Hope it revives back…!!https://t.co/JxoALNtLhX
Not to forget, Asia’s Biggest Bookstore has been completely destroyed. Boi Para, is the college street around 1.5 Km long , has now been completely damaged. Books worth Rs. 60 Crore, have been found either torn or wet all over the street. The bookstores were already closed from the past 2 months and seeing all this now, the owners have lost their hope now. Some bookstore owners have decided to open grocery stores after the lockdown.
1973 / 2020 During Cyclone Amphan ::— indianhistorypics (@IndiaHistorypic) May 22, 2020
College Street , Calcutta pic.twitter.com/s9Rf1d3Ey8
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