West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that 72 people have died due to Amphan in the state and requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the affected areas.
Banerjee said, “I have never seen such a disaster before. I will ask PM to visit the state and see the situation. There have been casualties.” The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that under the influence of the storm, squalls with wind speed 30 to 40 kilometre per hour are very likely in Meghalaya and west Assam during the next 12 hour.
The Dalai Lama on Thursday wrote to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik expressing sadness over the loss of life and devastation caused in the wake of Cyclone Amphan ravaging several districts of the two states. In a letter addressed to both CMs, the 84-year-old Dalai Lama writes “I appreciate the prior preparations that were made to respond to this natural disaster and the efforts that are underway to provide relief and assistance to those affected. As a mark of solidarity with the people of West Bengal and Odisha, I am making a donation from the Dalai Lama Trust to the relief and rebuilding efforts. I would like to convey my condolences to you, to the families who have lost loved ones, and to all those affected by Cyclone Amphan.”