Recovery begins after storm ravages India, Bangladesh coast

A Buddhist monk walks through a road laid with fallen trees and branches after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020...
An Indian fisherman walks in the middle of heavy wind and rain in the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A powerful cyclone ...
Clouds surrounded in the middle of heavy wind and rain in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A powerful cyclone ripped through densely populated ...
An Indian man walks with his umbrella in the middle of heavy wind and rain along the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A po...
Rubber boats of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are kept ready for any emergency in the middle of heavy wind and rain in the river Brahmaputra...
An Indian man rides on a bicycle in the middle of heavy wind and rain in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A powerful cyclone ripped through den...
An Indian security person stands inside a ship of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the middle of heavy wind and rain in the river Brahmaputr...
An Indian fisherman walks in the middle of heavy wind and rain along the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A powerful cyclo...

A Buddhist monk walks through a road laid with fallen trees and branches after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020...

An Indian fisherman walks in the middle of heavy wind and rain in the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A powerful cyclone ...

Clouds surrounded in the middle of heavy wind and rain in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A powerful cyclone ripped through densely populated ...

An Indian man walks with his umbrella in the middle of heavy wind and rain along the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A po...

Rubber boats of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are kept ready for any emergency in the middle of heavy wind and rain in the river Brahmaputra...

An Indian man rides on a bicycle in the middle of heavy wind and rain in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A powerful cyclone ripped through den...

An Indian security person stands inside a ship of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the middle of heavy wind and rain in the river Brahmaputr...

An Indian fisherman walks in the middle of heavy wind and rain along the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A powerful cyclo...

NEW DELHI (AP) — India authorities on Friday began assessing damage and clearing roads in the wake of Cyclone Amphan that killed more than 80 people and left millions displaced after barreling through the coastal communities of eastern India and neighboring Bangladesh.

In West Bengal state, which bore the brunt of the storm that caused extensive flooding in its capital Kolkata, police and teams from India’s national disaster response force removed fallen trees and other debris, repaired communication lines and started getting hundreds of thousands of people out of shelters.

Amphan hit land Wednesday as the most powerful storm in the region in more than a decade, dumping heavy rain amid a battering storm surge.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left New Delhi to conduct an aerial survey of the worst-hit areas of West Bengal and Odisha states. It was Modi’s first trip outside the national capital after a coronavirus lockdown was imposed in late March.

Modi promised Thursday “no stone will be left unturned in helping the affected.”

In an initial assessment, officials in Bangladesh said the cyclone caused about $130 million in damage to infrastructure, housing, fisheries, livestock, water resources and agriculture. The full extent of the damage along India's eastern coast was not immediately known.

Authorities in both countries managed to evacuate more than 3 million people before Amphan struck.

At least 72 people were killed in West Bengal state, and two more deaths were reported in neighboring Odisha state. Bangladesh reported 13 deaths.