West Bengal calls for Indian Army’s support to restore essential infrastructure, services after Cyclone Amphan havoc

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The West Bengal government on Saturday (May 23, 2020) said that they have called for the Indian Army’s support for immediate restoration of the essential infrastructure and services in the state after the Cyclone Amphan’s havoc.

The West Bengal’s Home Department said that the GOWB mobilizes maximum strength in unified command mode on a 24×7 basis for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services as soon as possible and Army’s support has been called for. They also said that the NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed and Railways, Port and private sector have also been requested to supply teams and equipment.

GOWB mobilizes maximum strength in unified command mode on 24×7basis for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services asap. Army support has been called for;NDRF and SDRF teams deployed; Rlys,Port & private sector too requested to supply teams and equipment(1/3)

They further stated that the drinking water and drainage infrastructure are getting restored fast and the generators are being hired where necessary.

More than a hundred teams from multiple departments and bodies are working for cutting of fallen trees which is the key to the restoration of power in localities.

The West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar appreciated the step and said, “A good move Mamata Banerjee to seek support and assistance of Army. These are trying time and appeal to people to keep calm. Authorities must restore connectivity, electricity and other services at the earliest.”

Meanwhile, ten additional NDRF teams have been mobilized and are being rushed at the earliest from NDRF locations outside West Bengal. Teams are likely to reach Kolkata by late night today (May 23).

Presently, 26 NDRF teams are deployed in Cyclone Amphan affected areas of the state for restoration work. The additional deployment of 10 teams will bring the total deployment to 36 teams of NDRF across the 6 districts of West Bengal affected by Cyclone Amphan.

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