Bengal Calls For Army Support For Restoring Infrastructure Hit By Cyclone
The Indian Army today provided three columns to assist Kolkata City authorities deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, one of the worst storms to have formed over the Bay of Bengal in recent years. This was shortly after the Bengal Home Department tweeted saying it had requested Army support.
In a series of tweets this evening, the Home Department called for mobilisation of "maximum strength... on 24x7 basis" for essential services like drinking water, sanitation and power supply.
The state also asked for aid from the Railways and the private sector in providing manpower and equipment, and said teams were at work clearing the remains of thousands of trees and buildings felled and destroyed as heavy rain and winds of up to 185 km per hour pummelled coastal Bengal.
"Government of West Bengal mobilises maximum strength in unified command mode on 24x7 basis for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services. Army support has been called for and NDRF and SDRF teams deployed," the Home Department said.
"Railways, ports and private sector too requested to supply teams and equipment," the tweet said, adding, "Drinking water and drainage infrastructure getting restored fast. PHE (Public Health Engineering department) asked to supply water pouches... generators being hired where necessary. More than a hundred teams... working to remove fallen trees".
The Home Department also said Bengal Police had been put on alert to deal with any issues and efforts were being made to increase available manpower despite significant resources being devoted to the coronavirus outbreak.
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