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24 May 2020

Cyclone Amphan Hit the Coast of India and Bangladesh

The Bay of Bengal’s super-cyclone Amphan knocked into the coast of eastern India and Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon, bringing heavy gales and the threat of deadly flooding. Amphan became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal.

With wind speeds of 170 kilometres per hour, Amphan destroyed many houses, bridges and embankments, leaving thousands in India and Bangladesh homeless.

The cyclone lew down trees and electricity poles, affecting the electricity supply, and telephone and internet lines in many places along its path.

Cyclone Amphan is a disaster bigger than Covid-19, said Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of the east Indian state of West Bengal. Over 3 million people were evacuated in India and Bangladesh. The process was much more complicated than usual because of the coronavirus pandemic, as authorities need to follow strict physical distancing precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Authorities in both India and Bangladesh said they were using extra shelter space to reduce crowding, while also making face masks compulsory and providing extra soap and sanitiser.