Centre accepts Mamata Banerjee’s request, sends 5 Army columns to help Kolkata

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Centre accepts Mamata Banerjee’s request, sends 5 Army columns to help Kolkata


The Defence Ministry on Saturday decided to send five columns of Indian Army to help Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to restore infrastructure in state capital Kolkata. The Centre’s decision followed a request from the West Bengal government that appeared to have been overwhelmed by the magnitude of the relief work needed in the statebattered by cyclone Amphan.

In a string of tweets, the home department said theBengal had mobilised just about everyoneit could within the constraints of the lockdown in a unified command mode but it needed more help.

In a string of tweets, the home department said the state had mobilised just about everyone it could within the constraints of the lockdown in a unified command mode but it needed more help.

The National Disaster Response Force had earlier said they were putting together 10 more teams to help the state. The state already has 26 NDRF teams in thecyclone affected areas of Bengal.

“Based on the request from the government of West Bengal, Indian Army has provided five columns to assist the Kolkata City Civil Administration in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan,” a person familiar with the development told Hindustan Times. Each column has about 35 personnel.

“More than a hundred teams from multiple departments and bodies working for cutting fallen trees, which is the key torestoration of power in localities,” the home department tweeted.

GOWB mobilizes maximum strength in unified command mode on 24×7basis for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services asap. Army support has been called for;NDRF and SDRF teams deployed; Rlys,Port & private sector too requested to supply teams and equipment(1/3)

— HOME DEPARTMENT – GOVT. OF WEST BENGAL (@HomeBengal)May 23, 2020

It added that the Bengal government had also reached out to the railways, port authorities and the private sector to join the gigantic task ahead.

Cyclone Amphan, the most severe storm in the Bay of Bengal since the super cyclone of 1999, made landfall around 20km east of Sagar Island in the Sunderbans on Wednesday afternoon, cutting off road links, snapping telecommunications and power lines. It killed about 85 people in West Bengal including about 15 in state capital Kolkata.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had toldPrime Minister Narendra Modiwho visited the state on Friday that the cyc

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