Cyclone toll hits 95 as Bangladesh and India start mopping up

Fri May 22nd, 2020 - Nationwide

Commuters are seen along a street next to a fallen tree following the landfall of cyclone Amphan in Kolkata on May 22, 2020. – At least 106 people died in the fiercest cyclone to hit Bangladesh and eastern India since 1999, officials said on May 22 as aerial footage revealed immense flooding in coastal areas. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

India and Bangladesh began a massive clean-up Thursday after the fiercest cyclone since 1999 killed at least 95 people, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Cyclone Amphan flattened houses, uprooted trees, blew off roofs and toppled electricity pylons, while a storm surge inundated coastal villages and wrecked shrimp farms vital to the local economy.

The United Nations office in Bangladesh estimates 10 million people were affected, and some 500,000 people may have lost their homes.




source: Guardian