Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Cyclone Amphan damages 5500 houses and kills 2 in West Bengal, India and 3 in Bangladesh

As expected cyclone Amphan made landfall in coastlines of India and Bangladesh, damaging about 5500 houses and killing at least two people, including an infant also severely injuring two others in North 24 Parganas, district in West Bengal, India. Strong gusts of wind with speeds over 100 kmph have hit the state's capital Kolkata and it's neighborhood along with heavy downpour as Cyclone Amphan unleashed India and Bangladesh earlier today. We have seen several videos surfacing on the internet showing parked cars bumping into each others in Kolkata, rooftop of a school building in Howrah City fly off and trees falling over electric lines and transformers as strong wind storm across the state. While in Bangladesh, the officials reported three deaths, including a five years old boy and a 75 years old man, both being hit by falling trees and an emergency volunteer drowning.
The next 24 hours are very crucial. This is a long haul, said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, the Director General of the India Meteorological Department.


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