Cyclone Amphan badly damaged many areas in India and Bangladesh. Wide swathes of the coasts were flooded and millions of people remained without power Thursday.
The most powerful cyclone to hit the region in more than decade left dozens dead. Large portions of the metropolis and its suburbs in Kolkata were underwater, including the city’s main airport. The roofs of many homes have flown away. 72 deaths were reported in India’s West Bengal state. In India’s Odisha state, the cyclone destroyed crops of Betel, a leaf used as a wrapper for chewing areca nut or tobacco. “No stone will be left unturned in helping the affected,” India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, tweeted on Thursday. Hundreds of villages in Bangladesh were flooded by tidal surges and more than a million people were without electricity.
The United Nations office in Bangladesh estimates 10 million people were affected, and some 500,000 people may have lost their homes. The full extent of the casualties and damage to property would only be known once communications were restored, officials said. „It seemed like the end of the world,” a resident of Satkhira district on the Bangladesh coast told media. Houses "look like they have been run over by a bulldozer", said another, on Indian side of the Sundarbans, which is home to approximately four million people. Physical distancing was virtually impossible for people in pandemy time.