The cyclone ‘Amphan’, one of the strongest storms in Southeast Asia in recent years, has left at least 22 dead and a trace of destruction as it moves through India and Bangladesh, according to local authorities.
Amphan has destroyed thousands of homes, uprooted trees and caused severe flooding, which has forced the authorities to launch rescue operations amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state of West Bengal in the east of India had the greatest impact on Wednesday evening with the arrival of ‘Amphan’ with heavy rains and winds of up to 185 kilometers per hour.
The extent of the damage became more apparent this Thursday morning. Television recordings showed the serious damage to infrastructure and roads in Kolkata with overturned cars and dilapidated electricity pylons.