Cyclone Amphan: ‘Had to Skip Dinner Because Kitchen Was Flooded’

Kolkata looked like an abandoned city where there was just destruction and mess.

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Last night is unforgettable. On 20 May, we witnessed Cyclone Amphan hit Kolkata And it was like a nightmare for my family and me. The howling sounds and strong winds struck our old house badly. Very soon our house became a pond and all of us in the family sat in the corner of a room just waiting and wishing for it to stop.

I don’t even remember how and when we slept. We have not had dinner since last night because our kitchen is full of water.

In the morning when I looked around, I saw mass destruction everywhere. Uprooted trees were blocking the roads and all streets were waterlogged. The city looked like an abandoned one, everywhere it was a mess. My neighbours too are in shock after witnessing the damage.

The city looked like an abandoned city where there was just a mess.
The city looked like an abandoned city where there was just a mess.
(Photo Courtesy: Ritankar Mazumder)

When I stepped out of the house, I came across lots of people trying to move blockages using their bare hands, even though its very risky to do so. They were wearing no protection gear which was so risky because there were electric wires dangling from the poll.

In the morning when I looked around, I saw mass destruction everywhere.
In the morning when I looked around, I saw mass destruction everywhere.
(Photo Courtesy: Ritankar Mazumder)

Another reason why people should be more careful is because of the spread of COVID-19. People have forgotten about social distancing norms. This is a double crisis for West Bengal.

I don't know when the electricity will resume again and when citizens will get normal services.

I don’t know when the electricity will resume again and when citizens will get normal services.
I don’t know when the electricity will resume again and when citizens will get normal services.
(Photo Courtesy: Ritankar Mazumder)

This is a very tough situation for us. The lockdown, the coronavirus outbreak and lastly (Cyclone) Amphan. We hope to get out of it stronger.

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