In a telephonic conversation with Banerjee, Shah discussed the preparedness in West Bengal
New Delhi: As super cyclone Amphan advanced towards Bengal and Odisha, Home Minister Amit Shah this morning spoke to Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee and Navin Patnaik, and assured them of all possible help. Cyclone Amphan, equivalent of a category 5 hurricane, is gathering strength and is expected to hit the coast of Bengal late on Wednesday. More than 50 lakh people are being evacuated to safer places.
In a telephonic conversation with Mamata Banerjee, Amit Shah discussed the arrangements and preparedness in West Bengal, where the cyclone is expected to land on Wednesday.
“The central govt is with you,” the Home Minister reportedly assured Mamata Banerjee, who had in recent days accused the centre of playing politics in Bengal - due for elections next year - in the name of fighting corona.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba is meeting with the National Crisis Monitoring Committee to discuss how the National Disaster Response Force and defence forces, power and telecommunications departments are preparing their emergency response.
Cyclone “Amphan” developed into a super cyclone over the Bay of Bengal on Monday and has the potential to cause extensive damage in the coastal districts of WB when it makes landfall, the govt had said. —PTI