Cyclone Bulbul: WB Losses Estimated at Rs. 19k Crore

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Cyclone Bulbul that battered the coastal districts of West Bengal before hurtling towards Bangladesh has caused a loss which could be between Rs. 15,000 crore and Rs. 19,000 crore in the state, said a senior official.

The cyclone made landfall between the coasts of West Bengal and Bangladesh on the midnight of Saturday killing 14.

According to reports, an interim estimation has been prepared from the preliminary report submitted by different departments after surveying the cyclone-hit areas. The final estimation will be reached only after departments submit their reports.

The officer said that as per initial estimates, the losses could be between Rs. 15,000 crore to Rs. 19,000 crore.

However, complete reports on damages in the districts of North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, and East Midnapore are yet to reach the secretariat.

Moreover, at least 14 departments including irrigation, agriculture, forest, public health, power, and panchayat were asked to submit their reports on Wednesday.

The officer said that the final report will be sent to the Center.

A central government team is scheduled to reach the cyclone-affected areas of West Bengal later this week and prepare a report on the devastation.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday conducted an aerial survey of areas ravaged by cyclone Bulbul in South 24 Parganas district and announced a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh for the families of those killed in the storm.

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