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India and Bangladesh await surge in coronavirus infections after 'super cyclone' by Susannah Savage May 22,2020   |  Source: The Telegraph

A “super cyclone” has killed more than 80 people and forced three million from their homes in Bangladesh and India, leaving authorities struggling to respond amid soaring coronavirus outbreaks.

One of the most powerful storms ever to hit South Asia, cyclone Amphan, made landfall on Wednesday afternoon and has already destroyed thousands of houses, caused severe flooding and left millions without electricity across Bangladesh and the east Indian states of Odisha and West Bengal.

Almost all of the 14 million residents in the West Bengal capital of Kolkata have been left without power and many without phone networks for the last 24 hours, while the city’s airport is submerged under water.

It is “a bigger disaster than Covid-19”, chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, told local news reporters, adding that West Bengal is “ruined”.

According to Ms Banerjee, 72 people have died in the state, including 15 in Kolkata. In Bangladesh, 15 were killed as the cyclone ripped through coastal regions, including a 45-year-old woman and her 13-year-old daughter, whose house was torn down by a falling tree in the district of Jessore.

At least 19 million children in the region are at immediate risk from flash flooding from continued heavy rain, according to a

 

© Telegraph Media Group Limited 2020

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