Amid a growing crisis of a pandemic, India has now begun preparations for a massive cyclone that is bound to hit India’s coasts.
Amid a growing crisis of a pandemic, India has now begun preparations for a massive cyclone that is bound to hit India’s coasts. Millions of people are already evacuated in anticipation of a storm which has originated in the Bay of Bengal. The cyclone is predicated to bring severe flooding, mudslides, and deadly storm surges. The coronavirus pandemic has made it even difficult for the government of India and the acting authorities to conduct a massive movement.
The cyclone is said to be moving towards the Indian coastal cities of West Bengal after it hit the Sundarbans, a mangrove filled area which sits between the borders of India and Bangladesh. News reports further indicate that the cyclone is expected to make a landfall within a few hours. The cyclone is termed as Amphan and is expected to move towards Bangladesh on Thursday and later onwards towards Bhutan.
Indian officials have clocked wind speeds of 160-170km/hr in the Sundarbans, with wind speeds even heading up to 190km/hr which puts the cyclone as a Category three. Indian and Bangladeshi officials have turned variety of government properties such as school and restaurants as shelters however, they require more space in order to house people while catering to the social distancing measures.
Police in West Bengal, along the state of Orissa are the places in India which are expected to be hit the worst. Furthermore, people are refusing to go to shelters in fears of contacting the covid-19 pandemic. Officials believe that it will be the most powerful cyclone to hit the state of India after Cyclone Sidr which killed 3,500 people.
Sea waves are tall as 10-16 feet (3-5 metres) are expected to rise which will send devastating walls of water bar inland further destroying communities.