The phenomenon of a super-cyclone hits coast of India and Bangladesh. Amphan, name of the cyclone, stuck the coast of eastern India and Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon with fury leaving great damage, even deaths.
The super-cyclone made landfall at 4pm local time with winds of about 120mph (190km/h), causing storm surges of up to 5 metres (17ft), before moving northwards towards Kolkata, one of India’s biggest cities.
According to reports, the cyclone took the lives of three in the Indian state of West Bengal and two in neighbouring Bangladesh.
The director general of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), SN Pradhan, said the situation was “fast-transforming” as the cyclone moved across West Bengal and Odisha.
“It is another form of new normal, we have to handle disasters considering the pandemic too. In view of the prevailing Covid-19 scenario, all teams are equipped with PPE [personal protective equipment],” said Pradhan.
“Taking preventive measures in the midst of the storm”
Accordint to information from India and Bangladesh’s authorities, they are taking into account preventive measures to avoid contagion with covid-19. One of them is to abilitate extra shelter space to reduce crowding. Besides that, they are providing extra soap and sanitiser. They are also telling people that using making face masks is compulsory.
“Earlier we had around 5,000 cyclone centres and this time we will have more than 12,000: this is how we will maintain social distancing in the shelters,” said Enamur Rahman, Bangladesh’s junior disaster management minister.
Around 2 million people were evacuated from their homes in Bangladesh, and a further half a million people in West Bengal and Odisha were moved from vulnerable low-lying areas to shelters.
The Indian navy was put on high alert to be ready to offer humanitarian assistance to those caught up in Cyclone Amphan, which is only the second “super-cyclone” to form in the Bay of Bengal since records began.
Source: The Guardian