Kolkata: Very severe cyclonic storm ‘Yaas” destroyed tens of thousands of mud houses in eastern India on Wednesday, forcing the closure of the busiest regional airport in the city.
As a precaution, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBIA) in the city has closed for operations from 8.30 am to 7.45 pm and no flights will be operating to or from Kolkata, officials said.
The state government has set up a round-the-clock control room in the secretariat annexe to monitor the situation.
CM Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said police, NDRF, Army personnel have been deployed in different places to rescue villagers.
She said Troops were deployed in 10 districts to deal with the situation. About 17 companies have been deployed in North and South 24 Parganas, West Midnapore, Jhargram, Birbhum, Purulia, Burdwan, Howrah, Hooghly and Nadia.
Banerjee told reporters that about 20,000 mud houses and temporary shelters had been damaged in the state.