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All About Cyclone Amphan

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Super Cyclone Amphan was a powerful and deadly tropical cyclone that caused widespread damage in Eastern India and Bangladesh in May 2020. It was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the Ganges Delta since Sidr of the 2007 season and the first super cyclonic storm to occur in the Bay of Bengal since the 1999 Odisha cyclone.

Super Cyclone Amphan hits the coast of India and Bangladesh

  • The Bay of Bengal’s fiercest storm this century, super-cyclone Amphan slammed into the coast of eastern India on Wednesday afternoon.
  • This bringing heavy gales and the threat of deadly storm surges and flooding.
  • The super-cyclone made landfall at 4 pm local time with winds of about 120mph (190km/h), causing storm surges of up to 5 metres (17ft), before moving northwards towards Kolkata.
  • More than 2 million people were evacuated from their homes in Bangladesh, and a further half a million people in West Bengal and Odisha were moved from vulnerable low-lying areas to shelters.
  • Evacuation efforts had been hampered by the need to follow strict physical distancing precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • With infection numbers still soaring in both countries.
  • Many people had also refused to leave their homes and be moved to shelters for fear of contracting the virus.
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