Cyclone Amphan: Kolkata airport flooded, hangars damaged

Cyclone Amphan, which carried on for nearly six hours, with wrecking winds left Kolkata airport flooded and damaged many structures.

The cyclone created havoc for the state killing 72 people in Bengal as winds and heavy rain left a trail of devastation.

The Kolkata airport, too, was seen flooded due to heavy rainfall and winds that were measured at at least 120 km/hour. Amphan left runways and hangars flooded, and damaged few structures. 

The visuals from the Kolkata airport showed the flooded hangars and runways, and the aircrafts stood in knee-deep water. In one area, the roof seemed to have caved in, according to officials.

All operations at the airport had been shut till 5 am today.

Only cargo and evacuation flights are operating for now, with passenger flights suspended since March 25, when the country went into lockdown to fight coronavirus.

Thousands left homeless as Cyclone Amphan ravages India, Bangladesh

Amphan slammed into Bengal around 2.30 pm on Wednesday, uprooting trees, damaging power lines and destroying many buildings in Kolkata and other parts of the state.

The cyclone passed mainly over North and South 24 Parganas, Midnapore, Hooghly, and Kolkata.

Amphan is the fiercest to form over the Bay of Bengal since records began, and the first super cyclone since 1999, when Odisha was hit by a super cyclone that left nearly 10,000 dead.

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