Cyclone Bulbul: Central teams to visit Odisha, West Bengal this week


New Delhi: A Central team is slated to visit Odisha and West Bengal this week to assess the damages caused by the Cyclone Bulbul.

 “Central team would be visiting the affected areas in both the states this week to take stock of the damages”, said the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC).

The NCMC on Monday met at New Delhi and reviewed relief and restoration work in the aftermath of cyclone Bulbul over West Bengal and Odisha.

According to the meeting, West Bengal reported 7 human casualties, damages to about 1 lakh houses and standing crops. While electricity has been restored, telecom services are expected to be restored shortly.

While no human casualty was reported from Odisha, there has been extensive damage to standing crops in over 2 lakh hectares. Power and water supply have been restored barring a few areas where services are expected to be resumed by tomorrow evening.

The NCMC assured all central assistance in terms of additional stocks of food items, drinking water, health services as well as restoration of telecom and power services.

Central teams would be visiting the affected areas in both states within this week to take stock of the damages.

Both the states indicated that they are carrying out detailed assessment after which they may seek specific central assistance, if required.

It may be recalled that IMD had provided regular and timely alerts on a sustained basis about the Cyclone to the States. Concerned Central agencies including NDRF, Coast Guard etc have been fully involved in rescue and relief operations.