eaths reported as Cyclone Amphan tears into India, Bangladesh

Published on May 20, 2020 by

Cyclone Amphan, one of the most powerful in decades, has begun to make landfall along the coastline of India and Bangladesh where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation, made all the more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic.
Weather officials say the cyclone – packing winds of up to 190km/h (120 miles/h) – could wreak havoc on India and Bangladesh, and millions of coastal residents have evacuated or battened down before the storm’s approach.
Authorities warned it could cause extensive damage to flimsy houses and a storm surge could push seawater 25km (15 miles) inland, flooding cities including Kolkata.
Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi, India.

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