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  • The toll from the Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal rose to 86 on Saturday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, according to ANI. The powerful storm, which hit the Indian coast on Wednesday, wiped out thousands of homes in low-lying areas and left several cities in the mainland without utilities.

    In Kolkata, the trail of destruction left behind by the storm led to protests against the administration on Friday, as essential services like phones and electricity remained suspended for the third day, The Telegraph reported. The protesters alleged neither the civic body nor the power supply utility was responding to their calls. By evening, the demonstrations spread and people in adjoining districts such as Howrah and Hooghly also took to the streets.

    The cyclone, strongest on record in the Bay of Bengal, knocked down huge trees, snapped power lines and upturned cars. The winds blew apart some buildings, while ropes of rain sent thousands of poor villagers rushing to evacuation shelters. On Wednesday, reports on social media and television stations showed countless electrical wires and lamp posts short-circuiting in the streets. By Thursday, the streets were littered with trees and rubble, as workers struggled to clear the roads.

    Around 1.5 crore people of the state have been reportedly directly affected by the cyclone and more…

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