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On West Bengal govt’s request, army deployed in cyclone-hit Kolkata to assist in restoration work

Hours after the West Bengal government army support in the restoration of essential infrastructure and services damaged by cyclone Amphan, five columns of Indian Army have been deployed in the state.

Several teams hit the streets in the evening and cleared major roads in Kolkata that were damaged by the cyclone.

The army columns were deployed in areas including Tollygunge, Ballygunge, Rajarhat/NewTown, Diamond Harbour, and Behala.

Carrying their own equipment required for clearing the roads and uprooted trees like cranes, JCB and cutters, the jawans cleared major roads in south Kolkata that have been blocked for four days.

A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team also assisted the army personnel in the restoration work.

Earlier today, the state government sought help from the Indian army for relief work after cyclone Amphan left a trail of destruction in the state.

“GOWB mobilizes maximum strength in unified command mode on 24×7basis for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services asap. Army support has been called for; NDRF and SDRF teams deployed; Rlys, Port & private sector too requested to supply teams and equipment,” Home Department of Government of West Bengal tweeted.

Meanwhile, 10 more NDRF teams were been deployed in the ongoing restoration work in the state. A total of 36 teams are working now.