23 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke to his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee today and extended ‘absolute solidarity’ on account of Cyclone Amphan ravaging the two states.
Patnaik enquired about the intensity of damage caused due to Cyclone Amphan and conveyed Odisha's absolute solidarity with the people West Bengal at this hour of crisis. He also assured all possible support to West Bengal in terms of men and materials to overcome this critical situation.
Deeply saddened at the loss of so many lives and the trail of destruction due to #CycloneAmphan. In this hour of crisis, people of #Odisha are with people of West Bengal. Asked @SecyChief to be in touch with Chief Secy of West Bengal and extend all possible help. @MamataOfficial— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) May 21, 2020
In reply, Banerjee was extremely grateful to Patnaik for his warm gesture.
Dear @Naveen_Odisha Ji, extremely grateful for the kind words in these unprecedented times. As a fellow Chief Minister trying to restore the state post the Cyclone, this is extremely warming. https://t.co/yEDmjYAlJ2— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 22, 2020
So far 72 deaths have been reported in West Bengal. Deaths were reported from eight districts. South 24 Parganas recorded a maximum of 18 deaths, followed by North 24 Parganas with 17 deaths. The deaths were mainly due to the falling of trees, electrocution and the collapse of poorly built houses.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to conduct an aerial survey of Odisha and West Bengal and then hold a review meeting for damage assessment and rehabilitation.