Cyclone Amphan devastates Bengal, Bangladesh
As if the problems of Coronavirus were not enough, the Indian states of West Bengal and Odisha, and Bangladesh have had to face another calamity. Cyclone Amphan struck land on Wednesday, lashing coastal areas with ferocious wind and rain, and killing at least 22 people while destroying properties worth crores.
The chief minister of Bengal has called it a disaster worse than Covid.
Thousands of trees were uprooted in the gales, electricity and telephone lines brought down and houses flattened.
Many of Kolkata’s roads are flooded and its 14 million people are without power.
The storm is the first super cyclone to form in the Bay of Bengal since 1999. Though its winds had weakened by the time it struck, it was still classified as a very severe cyclone.
Most people were at home when the storm struck. Kolkata and the rest of India is in lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials in Bangladesh fear Amphan will be the most powerful storm since Cyclone Sidr which killed about 3,500 people in 2007. Most died as a result of sea water surging in.