Tens of thousands evacuated as India, Bangladesh brace for super cyclone

KOLKATA/DHAKA (HRNW) – Authorities in eastern India and Bangladesh were scrambling on Tuesday to move tens of thousands of villagers away from coasts expected to suffer widespread damage from a super cyclone, a task complicated by the battle on the coronavirus.

India faces one of its biggest storms in about a decade, the weather office said, as the super cyclone Amphan, equivalent to a hurricane of category 5, is expected to hit its coast late on Wednesday.

“The cyclone could wash away thousands of huts and standing crops.”

Authorities in the states of Odisha and West Bengal were moving families to more than 1,000 shelters and hastily repurposing quarantine facilities soon after easing the world s biggest lockdown against the virus, which has infected more than 100,000 and killed 3,163.

Railway officials diverted away from the cyclone s path trains carrying thousands of migrant workers to eastern states from the capital, New Delhi.

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