Killed at least 14 people.
A powerful cyclone called “Ampan” covered Eastern India and Bangladesh, killing at least 14 people and destroying thousands of homes, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to Browser.
The greatest damage suffered densely populated Indian state of West Bengal. Many media outlets also publish on their official pages in social networks photos and videos of the natural disaster.
“It affected the entire southern part of the state. We are in shock. To assess the damage, will take three to four days. The cyclone has affected power supply and destroyed many houses, bridges and embankments”, – said during the press conference, the chief Minister of West Bengal mamata Banerjee.
According to her, at least 10 people were killed only in her state. Of life four elements claimed in the neighbouring Bangladesh.
“We are faced with great damage and destruction than COVID-19”, added Banerjee.
In the Indian National service of response to natural disasters, announced the evacuation of about 450 thousand people from the States of West Bengal and Orissa. While in Bangladesh, authorities evacuated more than 2 million people, there military is in a state of combat readiness.
It is emphasized that the pandemic coronavirus have significantly complicated the preparation for the storm. In particular, the police in West Bengal said that many people refuse to take refuge in shelters for fear of Contracting COVID-19.
Meteorologists also state that “Ampan” is the most powerful in recent years by a hurricane in the Bay of Bengal, the maximum speed of wind gusts when it reaches 265 km/h.
Other experts warn that “Ampan” may be the first supercolonies storm in the Bay of Bengal since supercyclone 1999, struck the coast of Orissa and killed more than 9 thousand people.