At least 88 people have died and thousands have left homeless as cyclonic storm Amphan hit the coastal towns and cities in India and Bangladesh. Rescue teams struggled to work at coastal villages that had been affected by torn down power lines and flooding over large tracts of land.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Indian state of East Bengal said on Thursday that at least 72 people had died. Most of them have died due to electrocution or by trees fallen by the winds. Winds blew with a speed of 185km per hour. However, at least 16 people have died in Bangladesh.
“Area after area has been ruined,” Ms. Banerjee was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency. “I have experienced a war-like situation today.”
“The impact of Amphan is worse than coronavirus,”
Several roads in Kolkata are flooded and 14 million people in Kolkata are not getting electricity.
Authorities had evacuated several people before Cyclone Amphan hit. But officials said that full reports of damage and the number of deaths will be revealed once communications were restored.
On the contrary, The United Nations office in Bangladesh says that around 10 million people were affected. Around 500, 000 people have become homeless.
Azgar Ali, 49, a resident of Satkhira district on the Bangladesh coast said to the international news agency, “I have never seen such a cyclone in my life. It seemed like the end of the world. All I could do was to pray … Almighty Allah saved us,”
A journalist from an international news source said, “Five million people are without power. There has been heavy damage, especially in southwestern Bangladesh in the Sundarbans mangrove forest which got the direct hit … thousands of houses have been washed away due to the tidal surge,”
“People are definitely going to lose croplands and fisheries. That area is known for shrimp culture and other aquaculture, so these people are going to lose their livelihood.”