By Prema Rajaram, Manveena Suri, Esha Mitra, Helen Regan and Vedika Sud, CNN. World Agence France-Presse Updated: June 04, 2020 12:04 pm IST October 7, 2020 The Costliest Disaster Ever to Have Impacted the Bay of Bengal On the morning of May 20, 2020, Tropical Cyclone Amphan (“Amphan”) slammed into India and Bangladesh. Strongest cyclone in decades slams South Asian nations, killing at least 14 people and leaving a trail of destruction. The Sunderbans are an ecologically fragile cluster of low-lying islands spread across India and Bangladesh, known for mangrove forests and rare wildlife, including the endangered Bengal tiger. Critics still point to its repressive nature. Amphan is the most intense cyclone - the second super cyclone - which has been formed in the Bay of Bengal after 1999. A man walks along a road in India's Bhadrak district. Residents gather at a shelter in Tajpur, India. A man takes shelter inside a hut in India's Bhadrak district. Over 12,000 cyclone shelters have been readied and the evacuation … Villagers repair their house damaged by cyclone Amphan in Satkhira on May 22, 2020. Amphan was the first “super cyclone” to form over the Bay of Bengal since 1999. Support our … In total, the country has recorded 26,738 confirmed infections, according to Johns Hopkins. Flash Update from @UNinBangladesh on Cyclone #Amphan in #Bangladesh.➡️Satkhira is by far the hardest hit district.➡️Mangroves the Sundarbans contributed to reduce the impact.➡️Preliminary reports indicate damages in Cox's Bazar fairly minimal.↘️https://t.co/wbiGEMHYjr pic.twitter.com/c3EHsBzKoN. Some have even started repairing their damaged homes," Pradhan said. The system is expected to continue weakening over the next 24 hours as it travels northeast. Cyclone Amphan, one of the most powerful cyclones in the last twenty years, recently hit Bangladesh and India. It made landfall first in the eastern Indian states of West Bengal and Odisha, lashing them with wind speeds of up to 210 km/h. Cyclone Amphan is a disaster bigger than the coronavirus outbreak, the state's chief minister Banerjee said at a news conference Wednesday. Bangladesh’s low-lying … "All areas have faced destruction. As a result, cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh has destroyed communities and displaced millions of residents. In what is likely to be one small glimmer of hope, Catholic Relief Services' Chakraborty there had been no major damage reported so far in sprawling refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, which are home to nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees and had been a source of concern to aid workers after Covid-19 cases were identified there last week. Nobody knows what the future holds for upcoming cyclones, but those efforts largely paid off during Cyclone Amphan. Members of India's National Disaster Response Force warn people about the approaching cyclone in Namkhana on May 19. Embankment breaches have occurred throughout the state while water inundation and wind have damaged Kolkata airport. In Kolkata, the biggest city in the direct path of the cyclone and home to 14 million people, Pradhan said that a lot of trees had been uprooted and "the city has never seen such high winds.". In India's West Bengal, which bore the brunt of the cyclone's winds, about 500,000 people were temporarily housed in storm shelters, according to authorities, while in Bangladesh the government said they had evacuated 2.4 million people. The relief operation came despite India and Bangladesh remaining under strict lockdown orders due to the coronavirus. Cyclone Amphan formed on 16 May 2020 over the Indian Ocean and started moving north over the Bay of Bengal, towards north-east India coastal areas and south of Bangladesh. A man covers himself with plastic in India's Bhadrak district. The virus, which continues to spread through both countries, has complicated the emergency response, as relief teams grapple with how to get people to safety while also protecting them against the risk of Covid-19. Commuters make their way along the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata as it rains on May 20. Cyclone Amphan Bangladesh: "The wind was so powerful that it felt like it would flatten everything," a villager said. A man walks through a flooded street in Kolkata on May 21. We are shocked," the chief minister said. Boats are anchored at a fishing harbor in Paradeep. Cyclone Amphan’s Death Toll Rises to 80 in India and Bangladesh The worst damage was reported in the Indian state of West Bengal, home to the metropolis Kolkata and … Meanwhile, the UN Country Team in India reported that Cyclone Amphan, which caused widespread damage around Calcutta is now considered even more destructive than Cyclone Aila, which slammed the region in May 2009. Rescue workers in Kolkata cut tree branches that fell on a truck due to heavy winds. Simple Investments, Big Results "Social distancing is definitely a very good concept but enforcing it in the strictest possible manner in a disaster situation may not always be possible," he said. A woman carries a child through heavy rain as they evacuate a slum in Kolkata on May 20. Bangladesh evacuated about 2 million people to more than 12,000 cyclone shelters, and while social distancing was the goal, given the coronavirus pandemic, it was … Humanitarian Aid UN humanitarians and partners are working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of Cyclone Amphan… In Bangladesh, nearly every coastal district has been seriously affected by Cyclone Amphan, according to Ranjit Kumar Sen, an official at the Bangladesh Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief. Cyclone Amphan made landfall in eastern India on Wednesday afternoon local time. Description of the disaster. A man salvages items from his house damaged by Cyclone Amphan in Midnapore, West Bengal, on May 21, 2020. Cyclone Amphan Makes Landfall In India, Bangladesh Amid COVID-19 Crisis Both countries were already beset by the coronavirus. Embankments have been washed away in Bangladesh Millions of people across Bangladesh and eastern India are taking stock of the devastation left by Cyclone Amphan. "Maximum impact, as expected has been seen there," Pradhan said. After confirmation that the first cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in a vast and overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, UN humanitarians on Friday announced additional measures and appealed for funds to prevent the disease from spreading. WB State Inter Agency Group on Disaster Management. Cyclone Amphan made landfall in the coasts of West Bengal, India on 20 May 2020, and then entered Bangladesh with wind speeds of up to 150 kmph, heavy rain … Currently, the National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Fund, Kolkata police, fire services and West Bengal state police are in the throes of relief and restoration efforts. And the state and district-level Interagency Group coordination mechanism has been activated in West Bengal. The storm made landfall around 5 p.m. … For the latest update on Amphan, published Tuesday, follow this link: Cyclone Amphan poses extreme storm surge danger for eastern India, Bangladesh. Cyclone Amphan hit India’s coast as the country and neighboring Bangladesh are struggling with coronavirus infections. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged the devastation caused by the cyclone, "The entire nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal," he wrote. Amphan, seen in a satellite image captured Sunday, is moving over the Bay of Bengal and is expected to make landfall near the border of India and Bangladesh this week. A resident rests in a Dacope shelter ahead of the cyclone's expected landfall. An ambitious evacuation mounted by India and Bangladesh saw an estimated 3 million people moved to safety across the two countries, according to regional authorities. Guterres commends India and Bangladesh for life-saving work in face of deadly cyclone, Cyclone Fani hits India, UN moves to protect vulnerable refugees in Bangladesh, Guterres says UN ready to support relief efforts in South Asia countries hit by floods, landslides, Support stepped up for Rohingya camps as first COVID-19 infections are confirmed, Deadly gas leak in India, grim wake-up call for global chemical industry: UN rights expert. Residents walk along a house on a flooded street in Dacope. Police officers carry a disabled man to a safer place following his evacuation from a slum area in Kolkata, India. The cyclone hit land near Sagar Island in West Bengal, India, at around 5 p.m. local time Wednesday (7.30 a.m. Pradhan, director-general of India's National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), said the worst of the damage is concentrated in two of West Bengal's coastal districts and that the Sunderbans had been "pulverized" by the cyclone. In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, a boat brings people to land, as locals check an embankment before Cyclone Amphan made landfall, in Shyamnagar, Shatkhira, Bangladesh. People gather at a cyclone center for protection before Cyclone Amphan made landfall in Gabura, on the outskirts of Satkhira district, Bangladesh May 20. Villagers reinforce an embankment with sacks of soil in Dacope. Men salvage items from a damaged shop in West Bengal on Thursday, May 21. Last week’s deadly toxic gas leak at a Korean-owned polymer plant in south-eastern India, is a grim wake up call for the chemical industry to acknowledge and fulfil its responsibility to respect human rights, the UN independent expert who monitors the issue, said on Thursday. Cyclone Amphan tore across Bangladesh’s southwestern coast in May, and severe floods inundated a quarter of the country weeks later. Salman Saeed and Abir Mahmud in Bangladesh, and CNN's Swati Gupta, Rebecca Wright, Brandon Miller, Michael Guy, Joshua Berlinger, Ben Westcott and Angela Dewan contributed to this article. Can polar bears survive the climate crisis? Among them was a young girl killed after a wall collapsed inside her home in Howrah district. 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As the Chief Minister closely monitors the situation, road clearance and restoration work are underway both in the districts and city of Kolkata. A man walks in the rain in India's Bhadrak district. Large-scale evacuation efforts appear to have saved many lives, but it could take days to realize the full extent of the deaths, injuries and damage from the cyclone. Though there is concern that the precipitation from the storm -- though it made landfall on the other side of Bangladesh -- could still cause landslides and flooding in the camps. Power and telecommunications have been affected across the cyclone-affected districts and North and South 24 Parganas are facing water scarcity. Among the 10 killed in the country, five people were in Barisal state -- including the Red Crescent volunteer -- four in Khuna, and one in Chittagong. "My thoughts are with the people of Odisha as the state bravely battles the effects of Cyclone Amphan.". Humanitarian partners are on standby to ensure access to information, temporary shelter, food, safe drinking water and other vital services for affected refugees according to need. Many killed as Cyclone Amphan tears into India, Bangladesh coasts. Moreover, several roads have been blocked, shops damaged, and streets waterlogged from the heavy rainfall during high tide. "The cyclone has affected the electricity supply and destroyed many houses, bridges and embankments.". People in Gabura, Bangladesh, gather at a cyclone center for protection before Amphan made landfall on Wednesday, May 20. UN humanitarians and partners are working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of Cyclone Amphan, which made landfall on Wednesday, wreaking havoc, causing high tidal surges, flooding and embankments to collapse. Some weak shelters were damaged in the storm and now need to be repaired, she said. A bus is crushed by a tree in Kolkata, India, on May 22. A man cuts branches from an uprooted tree in Kolkata on May 21. Cyclone Amphan has made landfall near Sagar Island in West Bengal, India, close to the Bangladeshi border. - Bangladesh began a massive clean-up on May 21 after the fiercest cyclone since 1999 killed at … At least 72 people died in West Bengal state, including 15 in the city of Kolkata, the state's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Thursday. A satellite image released by NASA shows Cyclone Amphan over the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, May 19. People carry Tapas Pramanik to receive medical treatment after his leg was broken by a fallen tree in Midnapore, India, on May 21. Several poorly maintained dams broke down even before the cyclone made landfall, causing extensive flooding in parts of the country. Major storm-surge flooding was expected near and east of where Amphan crossed the coast. The storm also caused floods in Sri Lanka. Amphan hit seven districts badly, namely South 24 Paraganas, North 24 Paraganas, East Medinipur, West Medinipur, Howrah, Hooghly and Kolkata, with damages also reported in the district of Birbhum. Cyclone Amphan update: India and Bangladesh brace for record storm. Tropical Cyclone Amphan made landfall Wednesday near the border between India and Bangladesh. A disaster management volunteer carries a child as villagers evacuate Bakkhali, India, on the Bay of Bengal coast. “Power has been cut off to cities and towns, many of which are working to contain the COVID-19 pandemic”. Children wear face masks at a relief camp in Paradeep, India. It's unknown when many of those people will be able to return home. In 2007, Cyclone Sidr killed more than 3,500 people in Bangladesh. In the areas affected by the cyclone, many villagers live in temporary homes with thatched or tin roofs, which were easily swept away in the powerful winds. "People have started moving out of shelters to assess the damage to their homes. This aerial photo shows flooded buildings after a dam broke in Shyamnagar, Bangladesh. More than 80 people have been killed and thousands more left homeless after Cyclone Amphan slammed into coastal towns and cities in India and Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon. Trucks are stranded on a bridge in Paradeep. Photographer Zakir Hossain Chowdhury’s images show how the damage endures. India passed more than 100,000 confirmed infections earlier this week, according to Johns Hopkins University, and recorded its largest single-day spike on Wednesday with 5,611 new cases. A car navigates through fallen tree branches in Digha, India. Meanwhile, the power supply was cut off in vulnerable districts of West Bengal and its Chief Minister has estimated $13.2 billion in losses for the state. Volunteers of the Cyclone Preparedness Program use a megaphone to urge residents to evacuate Dacope, Bangladesh, on May 20. Trees were uprooted and … A worker removes a tarp from an advertising structure in Khulna, Bangladesh. (AP) The cyclone, which lashed coastal areas with brutal winds and rain, left at least 84 people across India and Bangladesh dead, according to news reports. "I have never seen such disaster," Banerjee told reporters. ET) and began tracking north toward the Indian city … Bangladesh braces for Amphan . Cyclone Amphan made landfall in eastern India, near the Bangladeshi border, on Wednesday, May 20. An aircraft is parked at the flooded Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. No deaths have been reported yet in the neighboring coastal state of Odisha, despite wind and storm surges causing heavy damage, according to the government there. Kuala Lumpur, Dhaka, 02 Jun 2020 – Almost two weeks after cyclone Amphan barreled through Bangladesh, Red Crescent teams have already reached more than 30,000 people, but thousands more are in need of further humanitarian assistance. Disaster teams worked throughout the night and into Thursday morning in India's West Bengal and Odisha states, clearing trees and other debris from roads. Situation overview and anticipated impact of Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh. Bangladesh lost at least 300,000 people to the Great Bhola Cyclone in 1970 and has since invested in enormous efforts to keep people safe during storms. Among those killed was a 57-year-old Red Crescent volunteer in Barisal who drowned when attempting to help others to safety, the Red Crescent Society of Bangladesh said. While fires have maimed transformers and telecommunications in Kolkata, uprooted trees and damaged electric poles have caused power cuts. A handout photo from local officials shows residents evacuating the Dhalchar village on the Bangladeshi island of Bhola. Flooding and small landsides have been reported in several refugee camps, as well as blocked drains and damaged stairs, latrines, and bridges – but no word of casualties or deaths. Four of the state's least affected districts could be up and running in four to six days, and some coastal parts of Odisha are expected to be back up by this evening, he said. Sen said that the damage along the coast was "huge." The next danger will come from the heavy rain, which could lead to flash flooding across the region through Thursday morning. A man looks out at waves in Chennai, India, on May 19. In Odisha, where more than 150,000 people were evacuated, a total of 211 of the state's 809 permanent cyclone shelters were being used as Covid-19 quarantine centers. Noting that while the cyclone had been downgraded to a tropical depression, he asserted that “it is still expected to bring heavy to moderate rain over the next 24 hours”. S.N. UNICEF, which is closely monitoring the situation with state departments, expressed concern that the COVID-19 could deepen the cyclone’s humanitarian consequences in both the countries. Bangladesh Oxfam director, Dipankar Datta, said Wednesday that thousands of makeshift homes in Bangladesh had been uprooted due to the cyclone. Snigdha Chakraborty, with charity Catholic Relief Services, said the country saw storm surges as high as 15 feet (4.5 meters), inundating houses throughout the country. The coastal region is likely to experience wind speeds up to up to 140 to 160 km per hour in gusts with heavy rain falls as the cyclone makes landfall, it said. A woman stands in the debris of her house after it was damaged by Cyclone Amphan in Satkhira, Bangladesh. Pradeep Jena, special relief commissioner for Odisha state, said emergency services had to balance. Meanwhile, Bangladesh's infection count is rapidly rising, with more than 1,300 new cases on Sunday, its biggest rise to date. In neighboring Bangladesh, 10 people have been confirmed dead, according to the governmental Health Emergency Operations Center. Super Cyclonic Storm ‘AMPHAN’ is very likely to cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha and Hatiya Islands close to Sundarbans on 20 May with max wind speed of 155-165 kmph. A man carries a tin sheet salvaged from the rubble of his damaged house in West Bengal, India, on Friday, May 22. “Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the storm has damaged houses and crops in Bangladesh”, he continued. Cyclone Amphan has made landfall in eastern India and Bangladesh, killing at least 15 people as it lashed coastal areas with ferocious wind and rain. The Bangladesh Government has already evacuated nearly two million people to more than 12,000 cyclone shelters that are supplied with, among other things, masks and sanitizers, to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Kolkata (CNN)More than 80 people have been killed and thousands more left homeless after Cyclone Amphan slammed into coastal towns and cities in India and Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon. Nothing is left.". Massive damage is also expected to standing crops and plantations. William Shakespeare among first Britons to receive coronavirus vaccine, CNN gets access to site of Iranian scientist's assassination, From Bethlehem to Rome, see Christmas decorations around the world, Hear Ashton Kutcher's plea to lawmakers on proposed child abuse legislation, 'The stench is unbearable': Inside horrific Venezuelan Covid-19 ward, These 2 countries are embracing Covid-19 'immunity passports'. ♦ Receive daily updates directly in your inbox -. Amphan weakened into the equivalent of an Atlantic tropical storm as it crossed the border between West Bengal and Bangladesh Thursday morning, but is still packing strong winds of up to 110 kph (68 mph). A boat ferries people to dry land in Shyamnagar on May 20. Authorities are now racing to provide relief efforts in communities already stricken by the coronavirus, hampered in many areas by heavy rains and fallen debris that has made roads impassible. FAIRFIELD, Conn. (May 21, 2020)—In response to the ongoing devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh and India, Save the Children released the following statement: Mostak Hussain, Humanitarian Director for Save the Children in Bangladesh, said: “Even by Bangladeshi standards, this was a powerful storm, and our teams are on the ground assessing the situation. Bangladesh: Needs Assessment Working Group Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) – 4W Matrix Response to Cyclone Amphan (07 Round, as of 28 November 2020) By The Right Monk on December 8, 2020 Country: Bangladesh Banerjee said that she would appeal to the central government in New Delhi for help and ask Modi to visit the stricken area on the Bay of Bengal. 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