In 2007, Cyclone Sidr killed more than 3,500 people in Bangladesh. Critics still point to its repressive nature. 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. A man looks out at waves in Chennai, India, on May 19. Villagers reinforce an embankment with sacks of soil in Dacope. The relief operation came despite India and Bangladesh remaining under strict lockdown orders due to the coronavirus. Bangladesh braces for Amphan . 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. Cyclone Amphan has made landfall near Sagar Island in West Bengal, India, close to the Bangladeshi border. 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. "People have started moving out of shelters to assess the damage to their homes. Photographer Zakir Hossain Chowdhury’s images show how the damage endures. Description of the disaster. 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. A bus is crushed by a tree in Kolkata, India, on May 22. 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. 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. 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). 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 … People in Gabura, Bangladesh, gather at a cyclone center for protection before Amphan made landfall on Wednesday, May 20. Strongest cyclone in decades slams South Asian nations, killing at least 14 people and leaving a trail of destruction. People gather at a cyclone center for protection before Cyclone Amphan made landfall in Gabura, on the outskirts of Satkhira district, Bangladesh May 20. Tropical Cyclone Amphan made landfall Wednesday near the border between India and Bangladesh. Cyclone Amphan made landfall in eastern India, near the Bangladeshi border, on Wednesday, May 20. Cyclone Amphan, one of the most powerful cyclones in the last twenty years, recently hit Bangladesh and India. A man carries a tin sheet salvaged from the rubble of his damaged house in West Bengal, India, on Friday, May 22. People carry Tapas Pramanik to receive medical treatment after his leg was broken by a fallen tree in Midnapore, India, on May 21. 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. A man cuts branches from an uprooted tree in Kolkata on May 21. 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. 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. Nothing is left.". 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. 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. A man covers himself with plastic in India's Bhadrak district. Nobody knows what the future holds for upcoming cyclones, but those efforts largely paid off during Cyclone Amphan. For the latest update on Amphan, published Tuesday, follow this link: Cyclone Amphan poses extreme storm surge danger for eastern India, Bangladesh. Simple Investments, Big Results Trees were uprooted and … 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 … 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. Some weak shelters were damaged in the storm and now need to be repaired, she said. While fires have maimed transformers and telecommunications in Kolkata, uprooted trees and damaged electric poles have caused power cuts. A man walks along a road in India's Bhadrak district. As a result, cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh has destroyed communities and displaced millions of residents. 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. A woman stands in the debris of her house after it was damaged by Cyclone Amphan in Satkhira, Bangladesh. 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. Over 12,000 cyclone shelters have been readied and the evacuation … 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. 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. Members of India's National Disaster Response Force warn people about the approaching cyclone in Namkhana on May 19. 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. 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. A handout photo from local officials shows residents evacuating the Dhalchar village on the Bangladeshi island of Bhola. A man walks through a flooded street in Kolkata on May 21. Embankment breaches have occurred throughout the state while water inundation and wind have damaged Kolkata airport. 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. Villagers repair their house damaged by cyclone Amphan in Satkhira on May 22, 2020. 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. S.N. A man takes shelter inside a hut in India's Bhadrak district. In total, the country has recorded 26,738 confirmed infections, according to Johns Hopkins. 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. Trucks are stranded on a bridge in Paradeep. Bangladesh’s low-lying … Commuters make their way along the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata as it rains on May 20. 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 resident rests in a Dacope shelter ahead of the cyclone's expected landfall. Cyclone Amphan is a disaster bigger than the coronavirus outbreak, the state's chief minister Banerjee said at a news conference Wednesday. 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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 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. 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. 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. Some have even started repairing their damaged homes," Pradhan said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged the devastation caused by the cyclone, "The entire nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal," he wrote. "Maximum impact, as expected has been seen there," Pradhan said. A woman carries a child through heavy rain as they evacuate a slum in Kolkata on May 20. Many killed as Cyclone Amphan tears into India, Bangladesh coasts. It's unknown when many of those people will be able to return home. “Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the storm has damaged houses and crops in Bangladesh”, he continued. 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. 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. Massive damage is also expected to standing crops and plantations. Boats are anchored at a fishing harbor in Paradeep. 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”. 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. Several poorly maintained dams broke down even before the cyclone made landfall, causing extensive flooding in parts of the country. The system is expected to continue weakening over the next 24 hours as it travels northeast. “Power has been cut off to cities and towns, many of which are working to contain the COVID-19 pandemic”. 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. Cyclone Amphan hit India’s coast as the country and neighboring Bangladesh are struggling with coronavirus infections. Residents walk along a house on a flooded street in Dacope. 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. As the Chief Minister closely monitors the situation, road clearance and restoration work are underway both in the districts and city of Kolkata. 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. ♦ Receive daily updates directly in your inbox -. 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 … World Agence France-Presse Updated: June 04, 2020 12:04 pm IST ET) and began tracking north toward the Indian city … Major storm-surge flooding was expected near and east of where Amphan crossed the coast. Support our … By Prema Rajaram, Manveena Suri, Esha Mitra, Helen Regan and Vedika Sud, CNN. "The whole of the southern part of the state has been affected. Moreover, several roads have been blocked, shops damaged, and streets waterlogged from the heavy rainfall during high tide. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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'. 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. Amphan is the most intense cyclone - the second super cyclone - which has been formed in the Bay of Bengal after 1999. Amphan was the first “super cyclone” to form over the Bay of Bengal since 1999. Children wear face masks at a relief camp in Paradeep, India. 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. 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. 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 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. Police officers carry a disabled man to a safer place following his evacuation from a slum area in Kolkata, India. The storm made landfall around 5 p.m. … Situation overview and anticipated impact of Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh. The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh flagged that preliminary reports indicate that damage is minimal in Cox’s Bazar - home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar - with some 300 shelters damaged, approximately 60 of which were fully destroyed. A disaster management volunteer carries a child as villagers evacuate Bakkhali, India, on the Bay of Bengal coast. Power and telecommunications have been affected across the cyclone-affected districts and North and South 24 Parganas are facing water scarcity. 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. A boat ferries people to dry land in Shyamnagar on May 20. We are shocked," the chief minister said. The cyclone hit land near Sagar Island in West Bengal, India, at around 5 p.m. local time Wednesday (7.30 a.m. "The cyclone has affected the electricity supply and destroyed many houses, bridges and embankments.". Sen said that the damage along the coast was "huge." "All areas have faced destruction. Volunteers of the Cyclone Preparedness Program use a megaphone to urge residents to evacuate Dacope, Bangladesh, on May 20. 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. 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. A satellite image released by NASA shows Cyclone Amphan over the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, May 19. Humanitarian Aid UN humanitarians and partners are working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of Cyclone Amphan… A man salvages items from his house damaged by Cyclone Amphan in Midnapore, West Bengal, on May 21, 2020. "My thoughts are with the people of Odisha as the state bravely battles the effects of Cyclone Amphan.". Cyclone Amphan update: India and Bangladesh brace for record storm. A man walks in the rain in India's Bhadrak district. 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. Cyclone Amphan tore across Bangladesh’s southwestern coast in May, and severe floods inundated a quarter of the country weeks later. WB State Inter Agency Group on Disaster Management. Can polar bears survive the climate crisis? Residents gather at a shelter in Tajpur, India. 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. Pradeep Jena, special relief commissioner for Odisha state, said emergency services had to balance. 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. Men salvage items from a damaged shop in West Bengal on Thursday, May 21. “It is believed that around 10 million people in Bangladesh are impacted by the cyclone, with half a million families potentially having lost their homes”, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters during a regular virtual briefing on Thursday, from New York. 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. The next danger will come from the heavy rain, which could lead to flash flooding across the region through Thursday morning. The storm also caused floods in Sri Lanka. (AP) - Bangladesh began a massive clean-up on May 21 after the fiercest cyclone since 1999 killed at … 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. This aerial photo shows flooded buildings after a dam broke in Shyamnagar, Bangladesh. And the state and district-level Interagency Group coordination mechanism has been activated in West Bengal. Meanwhile, Bangladesh's infection count is rapidly rising, with more than 1,300 new cases on Sunday, its biggest rise to date. Cyclone Amphan Bangladesh: "The wind was so powerful that it felt like it would flatten everything," a villager said. Cyclone Amphan Makes Landfall In India, Bangladesh Amid COVID-19 Crisis Both countries were already beset by the coronavirus. An aircraft is parked at the flooded Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. "I have never seen such disaster," Banerjee told reporters. In neighboring Bangladesh, 10 people have been confirmed dead, according to the governmental Health Emergency Operations Center. 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. 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