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Cyclone kills 17 in India's West Bengal, Odisha states

World2020-05-21

At least 17 people were killed after severe cyclonic storm Amphan crossed India, local media reported Thursday. While 12 people were killed in West Bengal, five were reportedly dead in adjacent Odisha. Meanwhile, the severe cyclonic storm Thursday morning crossed West Bengal coast and moved towards Bangladesh, India Metrological Department (IMD) said. "The super cyclonic storm -- Amphan moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 27 kmph during past six hours, further weakened into a cyclonic storm and lay centered at 5:30 a.m. (local time) today over Bangladesh near Latitude 24.7 N and Longitude 89.5 E about 270 km north-northeast of Kolkata, 150 km south of Dhubri and 110 km south-southeast of Rangpur (Bangladesh). It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a deep depression during next three hours and into a depression during subsequent six hours," the IMD said in its bulletin. The cyclonic storm triggering gusty winds up to 190 kmph and rain battered West Bengal and coastal Odisha on Wednesday evening, flattened makeshift houses, uprooted electric poles and trees. The cyclone has claimed 12 lives in West Bengal, officials and local media reports said, and the deaths were caused due to falling of trees, electric poles, failing structures and house collapses. According to officials, Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas districts and their nearby areas bore the brunt of the natural calamity. According to officials, the cyclone has claimed five lives in Odisha, and caused intense rainfall. Amphan is considered to be the most powerful cyclone to form over the Bay of Bengal in over two decades, officials said, adding that the impact of Amphan was worse than the coronavirus pandemic. The Kolkata airport, which remained shut, was left flooded and many structures within damaged. Witnesses said in Kolkata city, strong winds upturned cars and felled trees and electricity poles. The streets were waterlogged at many places. The local government has evacuated half a million people from the affected areas and kept them in relief shelters. Authorities have also evacuated over 158,000 people in adjacent Odisha state that was also hit by the cyclone. Authorities have deployed 41 teams of National Disaster Response Force in West Bengal and Odisha. The severe cyclonic storm comes at a time when India is fighting COVID-19, which has affected 112,359 people in the country and killed 3,435.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

At least 17 people were killed after severe cyclonic storm Amphan crossed India, local media reported Thursday.

While 12 people were killed in West Bengal, five were reportedly dead in adjacent Odisha.

Meanwhile, the severe cyclonic storm Thursday morning crossed West Bengal coast and moved towards Bangladesh, India Metrological Department (IMD) said.

"The super cyclonic storm -- Amphan moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 27 kmph during past six hours, further weakened into a cyclonic storm and lay centered at 5:30 a.m. (local time) today over Bangladesh near Latitude 24.7 N and Longitude 89.5 E about 270 km north-northeast of Kolkata, 150 km south of Dhubri and 110 km south-southeast of Rangpur (Bangladesh). It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a deep depression during next three hours and into a depression during subsequent six hours," the IMD said in its bulletin.

The cyclonic storm triggering gusty winds up to 190 kmph and rain battered West Bengal and coastal Odisha on Wednesday evening, flattened makeshift houses, uprooted electric poles and trees.

The cyclone has claimed 12 lives in West Bengal, officials and local media reports said, and the deaths were caused due to falling of trees, electric poles, failing structures and house collapses.

According to officials, Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas districts and their nearby areas bore the brunt of the natural calamity.

According to officials, the cyclone has claimed five lives in Odisha, and caused intense rainfall.

Amphan is considered to be the most powerful cyclone to form over the Bay of Bengal in over two decades, officials said, adding that the impact of Amphan was worse than the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kolkata airport, which remained shut, was left flooded and many structures within damaged. Witnesses said in Kolkata city, strong winds upturned cars and felled trees and electricity poles. The streets were waterlogged at many places.

The local government has evacuated half a million people from the affected areas and kept them in relief shelters. Authorities have also evacuated over 158,000 people in adjacent Odisha state that was also hit by the cyclone.

Authorities have deployed 41 teams of National Disaster Response Force in West Bengal and Odisha.

The severe cyclonic storm comes at a time when India is fighting COVID-19, which has affected 112,359 people in the country and killed 3,435.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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