Neighbour’s help: Odisha sends ODRAF, fire personnel to cyclone hit West Bengal


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has sent 500 ODRAF and fire personnel to cyclone Amphan-hit West Bengal for rescue operations. Official sources said the teams are likely to reach Kolkata by late tonight.

The team included 300 fire personnel. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted that the people of Odisha stand by West Bengal during this juncture.

The severe cyclonic storm, Amphan, that crossed Odisha coast and made landfall in the Sunderbans on Wednesday, has caused widespread damage in Odisha’s five districts as well as in Kolkata, Hooghly, Howrah, East Midnapur, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas in West Bengal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after an aerial survey of the cyclone hit regions on Friday, announced advance financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to West Bengal and Rs 500 crore to Odisha.

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