Thursday, May 21, 2020

At least 20 people killed and thousands of homes destroyed as cyclone Amphan makes landfall in Eastern India and Bangladesh

More deaths have been confirmed as government officials inspect areas severely affected by the cyclone Amphan in Eastern India and Bangladesh near Sundarbans forest. We have got reports that thousands of houses and other buildings have destroyed as well as several transformers have exploded as gusts of wind with speeds upto 170 kmph stormed into the coastlines of both neighboring countries. Millions of people spent a sleepless night without power as the strongest cyclone made landfall to theses coasts with heavy rainfall. Cyclone Amphan took lives of at least 12 people in West Bengal, India and killing at least 8 people in Bangladesh according to new reports, while officials still await confirmation of status from Sundarbans forest, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We still haven't got the actual picture of the damage. We are particularly concerned over some wild animals. They can be washed away during storm surge in high tide, said Forest Chief, Moyeen Uddin Khan.
Area after area has been devastated. Communications are disrupted, and the state authorities had not entirely anticipated the ferocity of the storm, said West Bengal's Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee.


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