Not much damage by Cyclone Fani in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Except for damaging a few huts, cyclone Fani did not cause much havoc in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said as the severe cyclonic storm weakened Saturday morning and headed towards neighbouring Bangladesh.

While flight operations resumed at the Kolkata airport at 9.57 am, train services on the Sealdah and Howrah sections are also getting back to normal.

The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) also resumed its routine operation this morning at both Haldia and Kolkata docks.

“The entire administration was awake the whole night. We were very worried about the cyclone Fani,” Banerjee said.

Banerjee had cancelled her election programmes and stayed put at Kharagpur in West Midnapore district to monitor the situation arising out of the cyclone.

“There were not much damage in the state. At least 850 mud houses in the districts were partially damaged while 12 were completely destroyed,” she said.

Banerjee said the state government will extend help to people whose houses have been damaged due to the cyclone.

Trees uprooted in different parts of the state due to speedy wind have been removed and the roads cleared for plying of vehicles, the chief minister said.

Restoration of electricity snapped in different districts is underway.

“Around 42,000 people have been evacuated by our people who took them to relief shelters. The civic services have been restored in Digha, Mandarmoni, whereas it is work in progress at other places,” she said.

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