Kolkata Airport gets flooded, hangars are damaged by Cyclone Amphan

- A Monitor Desk Report 21 May, 2020 | 1521 Views|-+
Dhaka: Kolkata airport was flooded and many of its structures were damaged today as Cyclone Amphan's wrecked havoc for six hours in the region.

72 people died in Bengal as winds at 120 km/hour and heavy rain caused by the cyclone left a trail of devastation.

Photos from Kolkata airport showed a flooded tarmac, runways and hangars. In one area, the roof seemed to have caved in. An aircraft was also seen in knee-deep water.

Two hangars have been damaged beyond repair, but they were unused, according to officials.

Due to this, all operations at the airport had been shut till 5 am today.

Only cargo and evacuation flights are operating for now, with passenger flights suspended since March 25, when the country went into lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Amphan slammed into Bengal around 2.30 pm on May 20, uprooting trees, damaging power lines and destroying many buildings in Kolkata and other parts of the state.

"It is a catastrophe," said Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who remained in her office during the storm.

Banerjee said the impact of Amphan was worse than the coronavirus pandemic. She claimed the cyclone could have caused damage worth Rs 1 lac crore.

"Area after area has been devastated. Communications are disrupted," said Banerjee , adding that although 5 lac people had been evacuated, state authorities had not entirely anticipated the ferocity of the storm.

The cyclone passed mainly over North and South 24 Parganas, Midnapore, Hooghly, and Kolkata.

Cyclone Amphan is the fiercest to form over the Bay of Bengal since records began, and the first super cyclone since 1999, when Odisha was hit by a super cyclone that left nearly 10,000 dead.

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