The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli tweeted a message to the victims of the Cyclone Amphan, one of the worst storms over the Bay of Bengal in years, as it devastated Odisha and West Bengal. Apart from him, the Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also tweeted his prayers for the safety of those living in the two affected states.
Tweeting about the same, Virat wrote: “My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by #CycloneAmphan in Odisha and West Bengal. May God protect everyone out there and hope things get better soon.”
The cyclone has killed 12 people in West Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 21, 2020
“Praying for everyone’s safety and well being in West Bengal and Odisha. My condolences to the family members who lost their loved ones in this tragic time,” Jadeja wrote in his tweet.
Praying for everyone's safety and well being in West Bengal and Odisha. My condolences to the family members who lost their loved ones in this tragic time. 🙏
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) May 21, 2020
Former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir also showed his support for the people and expects them to stay strong. He tweeted: “My thoughts are with Bengal & Odisha & our brave people there amidst the threat of this super cyclone #Amphan! These are truly troubled times for our country!”
My thoughts are with Bengal & Odisha & our brave people there amidst the threat of this super cyclone #Amphan! These are truly troubled times for our country!
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 20, 2020
The powerful cyclone, which barrelled into the coast with gusting winds of up to 185 km per hour, left thousands of homes destroyed and now the authorities are finding it difficult to mount relief efforts amid the coronavirus crisis.
Mamata Banerjee claimed damages due to the cyclone could be in the region of ₹1 lakh crore. Over five lakh people had been taken to shelters in Bengal and over one lakh in Odisha.
According to the weather department, Amphan lay about 270 km north-northeast of Kolkata as of 5:30 am on Thursday. The predictions of the Met Office, the cyclone will continue to move in that direction and weaken further into a deep depression during the next three hours and into a depression in the subsequent six hours, the Met office said.