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A woman tries to gather her belongings from her damaged house in Kakdwip, Sunderbans.(HT Photo)

In Amphan-hit Sunderbans, aid ‘irregularities’ may hurt Trinamool

By Joydeep Thakur, Gosaba
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2021 04:55 AM IST
On May 20 last year, cyclone Amphan pummelled through six districts of south Bengal leaving 98 dead and a trail of destruction.
In this file picturre, cloudy weather conditions in Kanyakumari seen ahead of Cyclone Burevi's expected landfall in December. (PTI File)
In this file picturre, cloudy weather conditions in Kanyakumari seen ahead of Cyclone Burevi's expected landfall in December. (PTI File)

High level committee approves Rs 3,113 cr for 5 states as disaster relief

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 03:06 PM IST
The committee led by Union home minister Amit Shah approved additional central assistance to the five states and UT, which were affected by floods, cyclones (Nivar and Burevi) and pest attack during 2020.
A woman salvages her belongings from her house damaged due to cyclone Amphan, at Kakdwip in the Sunderbans, South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal on May 22, 2020.(HT Archive)
A woman salvages her belongings from her house damaged due to cyclone Amphan, at Kakdwip in the Sunderbans, South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal on May 22, 2020.(HT Archive)

Extreme weather killed at least 2,000 people in India in 2020: IMD

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 09:55 AM IST
Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were the most affected states during the year with over 350 deaths in each state due to thunderstorm, lightning and cold wave
Residents salvage their belongings from the rubble of a damaged house in the aftermath of cyclone Amphan, in South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, on May 22.(File photo)
Residents salvage their belongings from the rubble of a damaged house in the aftermath of cyclone Amphan, in South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, on May 22.(File photo)

Calcutta HC directs CAG for audit of distribution of relief materials in aftermath of cyclone Amphan

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 04:39 PM IST
Alleged nepotism and malpractice by the ruling TMC’s panchayat leaders involved in the distribution of compensation had turned into an issue in poll-bound West Bengal
Dark clouds hovering over Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu), in Kolkata on May 19, 2020, a day before Cyclone Amphan made landfall.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Dark clouds hovering over Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu), in Kolkata on May 19, 2020, a day before Cyclone Amphan made landfall.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

Centre approves Rs4,381 cr additional aid to 6 states hit by cyclones, floods

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 12:48 PM IST
A day after his visit to the Amphan-hit states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on May 23 announced assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to West Bengal and Rs 500 crore to Odisha which was released for immediate relief activities, the Centre said.
A Durga Puja Pandal in Salt Lake, Kolkata.(HT Photo)
A Durga Puja Pandal in Salt Lake, Kolkata.(HT Photo)

Durga Puja pandals in Bengal highlight the plight of migrant workers

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 06:26 AM IST
At least 10 million migrant workers left cities -- many lost jobs because of the lockdown -- and returned to their homes in the hinterland. With special trains for them being launched only on May 1, many ended up walking home in April, and even later.
Waves crash at the bank of Ganga river in the backdrop of dark clouds covering the sky ahead of cyclone 'Amphan' landfall, in Kolkata.(PTI)
Waves crash at the bank of Ganga river in the backdrop of dark clouds covering the sky ahead of cyclone 'Amphan' landfall, in Kolkata.(PTI)

Forest Dept will undertake plantation drive along sea beach in Digha

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2020 01:55 PM IST
Forest minister Rajib Banerjee on Tuesday said sturdy trees, which are not easily uprooted during severe storms and which will go well with the soil character of the area, will be preferred for plantation while some of the felled trees will be replanted in the project which will be completed by this time in 2021.
The TMC on Sunday issued show-cause notice to more than 200 panchayat-level workers and leaders in the Nandigram area of East Midnapore district and suspended 25 of them over corruption allegations. (Photo @WBPolice)
The TMC on Sunday issued show-cause notice to more than 200 panchayat-level workers and leaders in the Nandigram area of East Midnapore district and suspended 25 of them over corruption allegations. (Photo @WBPolice)

‘It is 10% here’: Bengal CM on corruption complaints over Amphan relief

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 08:36 PM IST
It is alleged that the compensation of Rs 20,000 went to numerous people who suffered no loss during the Cyclone. CM Mamata Banerjee has asked district administrations to review the payments and take back the money.
They also reached out to the affected people in parts of south Bengal with food and relief materials after the devastating Cyclone Amphan hit the state on May 20.(PTI)
They also reached out to the affected people in parts of south Bengal with food and relief materials after the devastating Cyclone Amphan hit the state on May 20.(PTI)

Bengal CPI(M)’s relief work won’t affect 2021 polls, say rivals

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2020 02:09 PM IST
They also reached out to the affected people in parts of south Bengal with food and relief materials after the devastating Cyclone Amphan hit the state on May 20.
The CPI(M) has accused the TMC of stealing the picture, O’Brien didn’t respond to repeated calls and messages.(TWITTER.)
The CPI(M) has accused the TMC of stealing the picture, O’Brien didn’t respond to repeated calls and messages.(TWITTER.)

Rivals CPI(M), TMC share similar pictures of relief operations after Cyclone Amphan, trigger row

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 09:05 PM IST
The picture showed some people carrying relief material on a boat after Cyclone Amphan. A Kolkata-based organization, however, said that the relief material was sent by them and they had shared the pictures with O’Brien.
A tree which was uprooted during cyclone Amphan in Kolkata being re-fixed.(Sourced Photo)
A tree which was uprooted during cyclone Amphan in Kolkata being re-fixed.(Sourced Photo)

Kolkata launches biggest operation to refix trees uprooted by cyclone Amphan

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2020 04:10 PM IST
Authorities in Kolkata have identified 500 out of the 15,000 fallen trees that can be re-fixed. The exercise is on to identify more trees that can be salvaged.
Wet damp books lying on the street to dry in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan at College Street in Kolkata.(SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)
Wet damp books lying on the street to dry in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan at College Street in Kolkata.(SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)

Bibliophiles help sellers at Kolkata’s iconic book market by buying damaged books

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 12:21 AM IST
The College Street area in north Kolkata, popularly known as Boi-para or the book locality, is home to some of the most prestigious educational institutes and happens to be a storehouse of books, with nearly 1,000 small to large publishers and booksellers operating in the locality.
The local fishermen will be involved as Cyclone Amphan has also affected their livelihood. A threshold population will be allowed to stay on the Sagar Island.(HT PHOTO.)
The local fishermen will be involved as Cyclone Amphan has also affected their livelihood. A threshold population will be allowed to stay on the Sagar Island.(HT PHOTO.)

Cyclone Amphan damages habitat of living fossil horseshoe crabs in Bengal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur | Posted by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 12:50 AM IST
Cyclone Amphan hit Bengal on May 20 with winds up to 185 km per hour, Cyclone Bulbul had hit the coast close to Sagar Island in November 2019.
In Harinhula village, local residents line up for relief material as water levels rise due to the full-moon tide .
In Harinhula village, local residents line up for relief material as water levels rise due to the full-moon tide .

In one village, rising tide waters bring back nightmare of cyclone

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi:
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 01:54 AM IST
The road approaching his house has almost been washed away, making it difficult for relief workers to access his family.
Large swathes of farmland are still under water.
Large swathes of farmland are still under water.

Normalcy yet to return to Amphan-hit Bengal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 01:49 AM IST
While touring cyclone-ravaged areas on Friday, chief minister Mamata Banerjee herself warned party workers against politicising relief work and said the party would not support anyone found indulging in corruption in the public distribution system.
All of the TMC’s opponents in Bengal – the BJP, the Left and the Congress – have targeted the Mamata Banerjee government and her party for corruption in providing government relief due to Covid-19 and Cyclone Amphan.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
All of the TMC’s opponents in Bengal – the BJP, the Left and the Congress – have targeted the Mamata Banerjee government and her party for corruption in providing government relief due to Covid-19 and Cyclone Amphan.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

Ahead of state polls, Mamata warns TMC against corruption in relief work

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya| Edited by: Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 02:11 PM IST
Mamata Banerjee also instructed TMC leaders to intensify political campaign on social media highlighting her government’s successes in the past nine years.
On World Environment Day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee urged the people to save green to save lives.(ANI)
On World Environment Day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee urged the people to save green to save lives.(ANI)

We must work together to restore greenery devastated by cyclone Amphan: CM Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, West Bengal | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 10:25 AM IST
Cyclone Amphan caused incalculable ecological damage in Kolkata and the districts and uprooted thousands of trees when it made landfall on May 20.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was praying for the safety of people who will likely get hit by Cyclone Nisarga.(ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was praying for the safety of people who will likely get hit by Cyclone Nisarga.(ANI Photo)

‘Praying for everyone’: PM Narendra Modi takes stock as cyclone Nisarga approaches Mumbai

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 03:39 PM IST
Western Maharashtra will be hit first by the cyclone Nisarga before it moves northwards and enters Gujarat, predicts the weather department.
The effect, an MLA said, is less on mangroves and more on the other trees, such as mango, banyan, jambul, neem, and jackfruit. Leaves of almost all trees on the land are turning yellow or red.(HT Photo)
The effect, an MLA said, is less on mangroves and more on the other trees, such as mango, banyan, jambul, neem, and jackfruit. Leaves of almost all trees on the land are turning yellow or red.(HT Photo)

In Amphan’s trail of destruction, Sunderbans turn red, yellow

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2020 10:13 PM IST
The lawmakers have never witnessed this unnatural phenomenon before, even after the cyclone Aila that devastated large parts in and around the Sunderbans in 2009.
NDRF personnel work to clear an uprooted tree from a road, in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata on May 26, 2020.(PTI file photo)
NDRF personnel work to clear an uprooted tree from a road, in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata on May 26, 2020.(PTI file photo)

Cyclone Amphan brings sea birds into Bengal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 07:35 AM IST
Amphan, which hit the Sunderbans at a speed of 155-165 kmph, carried the birds deep into the mainland with its sheer force, experts said. The phenomenon is called bird fallout.
More than half a million villagers who have lost their huts and more than two million farmers will be provided grants and assistance from the Rs 6,250 crore package.(PTI)
More than half a million villagers who have lost their huts and more than two million farmers will be provided grants and assistance from the Rs 6,250 crore package.(PTI)

Cyclone Amphan death toll mounts to 98; Bengal govt announces Rs 6,250 crore package

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2020 07:08 PM IST
The centre had earlier announced a relief package of Rs 1,000 crore for Bengal after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an aerial survey of the two worst hit districts on May 23.
West Bengal, May 26 (ANI): Commuters find it hard to cross a fallen electric pole due to cyclone Amphan, at Hooghly in Kolkata on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
West Bengal, May 26 (ANI): Commuters find it hard to cross a fallen electric pole due to cyclone Amphan, at Hooghly in Kolkata on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

Death toll due to Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal now 98: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2020 06:31 PM IST
The chief minister also announced a fund of Rs 6,250 crore to assist the affected people to build houses, help farmers, provide assistance for betel leaf plantations as well as construction and repair of tubewells.
Once the ice cream melts it can’t be refrigerated and frozen again. It won’t retain the same texture, taste and look. Customers won’t like it any more, an ice cream manufacturer said.(GETTY IMAGES.)
Once the ice cream melts it can’t be refrigerated and frozen again. It won’t retain the same texture, taste and look. Customers won’t like it any more, an ice cream manufacturer said.(GETTY IMAGES.)

Ice cream worth Rs 15 crore lost due to power cuts in Cyclone Amphan hit Kolkata

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 05:02 PM IST
According to estimates provided by the IICMA, there are around 30,000 outlets, including neighbourhood shops, in the city and another 500 distributors. Each outlet on an average keeps a stock of ice cream worth Rs 5000 while the distributors keep a stock of Rs 40,000 – Rs 50,000 on any given day.
A frigatebird found injured and rescued by villagers in East Midnapore district(Photo:CourtesyScientist Kaushik Deuti, ZSI)
A frigatebird found injured and rescued by villagers in East Midnapore district(Photo:CourtesyScientist Kaushik Deuti, ZSI)

Amphan carries hundreds of oceanic birds into mainland Bengal; frigatebirds dying of exhaustion and hunger

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 03:25 PM IST
Bird watchers and scientists say that it is rare for these Oceanic birds to venture deep into the mainland.
HT Image
HT Image

Prince Charles condoles deaths, damage due to cyclone Amphan

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 07:49 PM IST
The two states were particularly hit by the storm that also affected neighbouring Bangladesh. Prince Charles addressed a similar message to the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina.
The amount was handed over to the Block Development Officer of Bolpur on Wednesday. (Photo by Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
The amount was handed over to the Block Development Officer of Bolpur on Wednesday. (Photo by Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Cyclone Amphan: Visva Bharati teachers donate Rs 1 lakh to CM s relief fund

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2020 06:53 PM IST
The Visva Bharati university authorities had in a notification on May 24 said that one day’s salary would be deducted from all permanent staff members for contribution to the CM’s relief fund to “stand by those who are in dire need of food and shelter”.
A man points towards a pond filled with saline water that has killed fresh water fish and was brought upstream due to Cyclone Amphan, at Kakdwip in the Sunderbans, South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, India on Frisday, May 22, 2020.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
A man points towards a pond filled with saline water that has killed fresh water fish and was brought upstream due to Cyclone Amphan, at Kakdwip in the Sunderbans, South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, India on Frisday, May 22, 2020.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

In fresh trouble for Bengal’s cyclone hit areas, squall kills two

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sabir Hussain
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 06:15 PM IST
One person was killed and two others injured when a tree fell on them in Howrah. In another incident one person was killed and five others were injured when a wall collapsed during the squall that lasted about half an hour.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during her meeting for Cyclone Amphan at Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district on Saturday.(PTI File Photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during her meeting for Cyclone Amphan at Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district on Saturday.(PTI File Photo)

What Mamata Banerjee told Amit Shah on Bengal’s Covid-19 crisis handling

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 10:41 AM IST
Banerjee, one of the most vocal critics of the BJP, hit out at the saffron party, saying, “They can disturb me politically, but why are they causing harm to the state? West Bengal is facing such a major disaster. It will lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases.”
BJP said that West Bengal government has squarely failed in tackling the Covid-19 crisis and the state’s health infrastructure is on the verge of collapse.(ANI file photo)
BJP said that West Bengal government has squarely failed in tackling the Covid-19 crisis and the state’s health infrastructure is on the verge of collapse.(ANI file photo)

BJP’s 9-point attack over Bengal govt’s respone to Covid-19, Cyclone Amphan

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2020 09:32 AM IST
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the list has been prepared in view of the present situation in West Bengal.
Availability of drinking water should also be ensured with high priority, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, adding that Rs 100 crore was disbursed to install tube wells in the affected districts.(PTI photo)
Availability of drinking water should also be ensured with high priority, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, adding that Rs 100 crore was disbursed to install tube wells in the affected districts.(PTI photo)

Restore normalcy in districts hit by Cyclone Amphan, CM Mamata tells officials

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2020 06:08 AM IST
During a review meeting at the state secretariat, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said priority should be given to installing tube wells and rebuilding damaged embankments as the rainy season is approaching.
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