"Cut Off My Head," Says Mamata Banerjee On Protests After Cyclone Amphan

"Cut Off My Head," Says Mamata Banerjee On Protests After Cyclone Amphan

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday asked for more time to restore electricity and other essential services after Cyclone Amphan tore through the state on Wednesday, causing damage of Rs 1 lakh crore to infrastructure and crops. "It's just been two days since the catastrophe. We are all working day and night. Please be patient. We are trying to restore everything as soon as possible," she said at a news conference. "The only thing I can say then is cut off my head," Ms Banerjee said when asked about increasing public resentment. The government announced it had called on the army to help. Hundreds took to the streets at different places in Kolkata and around on Saturday to protest against what they said was the slow government response to power cuts and flooding after the devastating cyclone. There was trouble on the Barrackpore-Sodepur bypass with police and the public coming to blows after people put up a roadblock. In south Kolkata, there were roadblocks at Kasba and Garia. In Howrah, not from the chief minister's office at Nabanna, people blocked Kona Expressway demanding electricity. At least 86 people have died in the state from Cyclone Amphan's rampage along the Bay of Bengal coast, as authorities struggled to deal with the aftermath of the storm while also trying to stop the spread of the coronavirus. With many areas still flooded and electricity still cut by the storm, Kolkata residents vented their anger for a second day, demanding faster action to get ...
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