Centre sends 5 Army columns to Kolkata to restore infrastructure damaged by Cyclone Amphan

The West Bengal government on Saturday had sought the support of the Indian Army, railways and port for restoring essential infrastructure and services in the cyclone-ravaged areas of the state.

Large-scale damage was caused by the super cyclone Amphan in West Bengal and Odisha. (File photo: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Defence ministry on Saturday decided to provide 3 columns of Indian Army to assist Kolkata in Cyclone Amphan relief work
  • West Bengal government on Saturday had sought the support of the Indian Army
  • It also urged private entities to provide manpower and equipment for the purpose

Based on a request from the West Bengal government, the defence ministry on Saturday decided to provide five columns of the Indian Army to assist the Kolkata City Civil Administration to restore the infrastructure damaged by super cyclone Amphan.

The West Bengal government on Saturday had sought the support of the Indian Army, railways and port for restoring essential infrastructure and services in the cyclone-ravaged areas of the state.

It also urged private entities to provide manpower and equipment for the purpose.

In a series of tweets, the Home Department said that the state government has mobilised maximum strength in a unified command mode for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services.

“Army support has been called for; NDRF and SDRF teams deployed; Rlys, Port & private sector too requested to supply teams and equipment (sic),” it tweeted.

Meanwhile, ten fresh teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are also being rushed to West Bengal in order to speed up the relief and rescue operations post cyclone Amphan, officials said.

They said the additional teams of the federal contingency force were sent after a written request was received by the Union Home Ministry from West Bengal’s Principal Secretary Disaster Management and Civil Defence seeking deployment of additional teams in the state.

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