West Bengal: The Government is depriving West Bengal by allotting insufficient funds to fight against Cyclone Yaas, says Mamata Banerjee (Chief Minister of West Bengal). Cyclone Yaas is about to hit the Odisha-West Bengal coast in a thunderous guise around Wednesday and a red alert has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department in the neighbouring states.
The Bengal tigress, Mamata criticized the centre for not allocating sufficient funds for Cyclone Yaas. She has alleged the union government for not receiving an adequate amount of funds and upfront questioned the discrimination.
“Other states including Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have been offered a decent amount of 600cr, whereas West Bengal has been allocated 400 crores. West Bengal is a larger state with a high population then why this discrimination”, says Mamata Banerjee.
The Chief Minister of Bengal is all set to fight against Cyclone Yaas and the state government is already undergoing precautionary measures. Mamata Banerjee said “We have set up 4000 new cyclone and relief centres, and 51 rescue teams have been deployed to deal with the emergency. We are also working on an evacuation plan of moving around 10 lakh people off the shore. Boat movements have been suspended and we have also requested the railway authorities to cancel some trains. A 24×7 control room has also been set up that will help in achieving seamless coordination within state and blocks.”
She also added “I would request all the citizens to wear masks at relief centres and adhere to Covid-related protocols to ensure safety”, by not overlooking the highly rising Covid-19 death toll in the state.
Cyclone Yaas will soon be hitting the eastern coasts of India, moderate rainfalls have already begun in a few coastal regions. The intensity of the cyclone is likely to increase in the upcoming days. The Chief Minister of West Bengal and health officials of the state have requested the hospitals to keep an additional backup of power and oxygen at the hospitals, in case of emergency.