cyclone Fani did not cause much Damage in West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Vastavam web: 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) resumed its routine operation Saturday morning at both Haldia and Kolkata docks. We were very worried about the cyclone,” Banerjee said. She had cancelled her election programmes and stayed put at Kharagpur in West Midnapore district to monitor the situation. “There was not much damage in the state. At least 850 mud houses in the districts were partially damaged, while 12 were destroyed,” the chief minister said.

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