24 people killed by the Cyclone Amphan. This cyclone barrelled through Odisha and West Bengal on Wednesday.
At 2:30 pm, on Wednesday, the storm landed with a continuous wind speed of 155-165 km/hour spiralling up to 185 km per hour. As the cyclone moved forward it weakened, with Bangladesh as its current location.
The cyclone killed 12 people in West Bengal. According to the reports of news agency Associated Press, Bangladesh reported 10 deaths due to Amphan.
Among 10 dead people in Bangladesh, including a five-year-old boy, the youngest, and a 75-year-old man, the oldest. Falling trees hit both of them amid the cyclone. The dead also included a cyclone emergency volunteer who drowned.
The Cyclone Amphan Now Moves North-Eastwards; 24 Dead In Bangladesh
Odisha reported two deaths which included an infant crushed when the mud wall of the family’s hut collapsed in heavy rain.
On Thursday morning, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), in its bulletin said that the super cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ is moving towards north-east with a speed of 27 km per hour in last 6 hours. The bulleting further said that the supercyclone is now weakened and turned into a cyclone with Bangladesh as its centre.
On Wednesday night, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee said that its tough to know immediately the damage done by the cyclon. She said so because the entire island is without any connection with the mainland thus leaving several areas without electricity or phone connectivity.
She added that they are currently facing three disasters: migrant workers returning home, the coronavirus, and the cyclone.
As per the Ministry of Power, Bangladesh is currently more than a million people are living without electricity.
Amphan- the strongest cyclone, from decades originates from the Bay of Bengal. With the cyclone moving forward, there is a triggering of high waves and torrid rains. These triggers destroy villages and cities in coastal Odisha and West Bengal, bringing down power lines, uprooting trees and inundating homes.
Amphan originates from Thai language, which means the sky.