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Cyclone Amphan: Our building was swaying

'I have stored water and, because of the lockdown, stocked up on food and essentials as well'
Water-logging outside traffic police guard during heavy rain after the landfall of cyclone Amphan in Calcutta on Wednesday.

Rajdeep Ray   |   Calcutta   |   Published 21.05.20, 01:25 AM

Rajdeep Ray, Greenfield
Resident of Heights New Town, 18 floor

I have been living here in New Town for the past several years and seen several storms but this time it was surely different.

I had made it a point to jam all the sliders of the windows with cloth.

The speed and the force of the wind that was lashing our building was incredible and we could clearly feel it swaying.

The movement was quite disturbing and we are worried that the windows might not able to take the battering for long enough and were praying that they do.

There is a residents’ WhatsApp group and several neighbours posted that water had entered their flats. We don’t know yet whether any common area has been damaged.

I have stored water and, because of the lockdown, stocked up on food and essentials as well.

I am also afraid that the cyclone could have damaged my car and other vehicles that are parked.

Power was mostly out and we had to turn on our diesel generators.

I have asked my wife not to open any window even an inch and have switched off the air conditioners as well.

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