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SEE: Kolkata airport flooded due to cyclone Amphan

Last updated on: May 21, 2020 13:03 IST

A part of the Kolkata airport was flooded as cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc across West Bengal on Wednesday, damaging infrastructure and uprooting trees in the state capital.

Visuals from the Kolkata airport showed a flooded tarmac, runways and a collapsed Air India hanger.

Cargo and evacuation flight operations at the Kolkata airport were suspended on Wednesday till 5 am of Thursday.


WATCH: Portion of Kolkata Airport inundated  

The extremely severe cyclone 'Amphan' has killed at least 12 persons.

Packing heavy rain and winds with speeds of up to 190 kmph, extremely severe cyclone Amphan slammed Digha coast of West Bengal at 2.30 pm on Wednesday, triggering heavy rainfall and gustings in various parts of the state.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been monitoring the situation at state secretariat Nabanna since Tuesday night, said the impact of Amphan was "worse than coronavirus".

The cyclone barrelled through coastal districts of North and South 24 Paraganas of Bengal, unleashing copious rain and windstorm, blowing away thatched houses, uprooting trees, electric poles and swamping low lying towns and villages, officials said.