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The party is aiming to connect over a crore people through these virtual rallies in both West Bengal and Bihar, with the NRI populace and residents living in other states included.

The courage and bravery with which the people of West Bengal and Odisha have faced the ordeal is commendable. In this hour of crisis, the country also stands in unison with the people of these two states in every manner whatsoever," he said.

Religious places have been closed across the country since the nationwide lockdown was imposed from March 25 to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Mamata Banerjee said that only people coming from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi and Chennai will be kept in institutional quarantine.

Tagging the Chief Minister's official handle on Twitter, Dhankhar said, "Urge Mamata - be in touch with Guv- had this been done army would have been called 3 days back".

Adequate stocks of food grains have also been kept ready for supply based on the demand from the State. Ministry of Home Affairs will be sending a Central team soon to assess the damages.

Cyclone Amphan made landfall around 20 kilometres east of Sagar Island in the Sunderbans on Wednesday afternoon snapping telecommunications, power lines and cutting roads links.

Owaisi said that the Centre must work for complete relief and rehabilitation of those affected by the cyclone.

Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Babul Supriyo, Pratap Chandra Sarangi and Debashree Chaudhuree, who hail from West Bengal and Odisha, are accompanying the Prime Minister.

Cyclone Amphan made landfall in coastal regions of Odisha and West Bengal on May 20. Balasore district received heavy rainfall and strong winds due to the cyclone yesterday.