Central team to visit West Bengal to assess damage caused by Cyclone Yaas

Central team to visit West Bengal to assess damage caused by Cyclone Yaas

Hummingbird News Desk

NEW DELHI, 6 JUNE: Union Home Ministry will send a team to West Bengal on a three-day trip to review the impact of Cyclone ‘Yaas’, which affected the region in May end, sources said on Sunday.

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The seven-member inter-ministerial team will arrive in West Bengal to make an on-spot assessment of the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas, an MHA spokesperson confirmed.

The inter-ministerial team, which is said to be headed by SK Shahi, joint secretary (JS) in MHA, will take stock of the situation in South 24 Parganas district upon its arrival on Sunday, and East Midnapore the day after, he said.

The team is also likely to schedule a meeting with West Bengal’s finance department officials during its three-day tour. After completing the assessment, the team will head back to Delhi on June 9, the sources said.

Yaas, which made landfall between Dhamra and Balasore in Odisha on early May 26, led to light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Medinipur, Jhargram and Bankura in West Bengal.

The cyclone had affected Odisha as well as Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. As the cyclone hit, rainfall in the region had led to inundation of low-lying areas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited Odisha and West Bengal last month and reviewed the impact of Cyclone Yaas.

The visit comes close to the controversy that erupted after former West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, skipped PM Narendra Modi’s meeting to evaluate the impact of the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas. Following a war of words between the Centre and the West Bengal government, a show cause notice, under the Disaster Management Act, was issued against Bandyopadhyay.

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