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Coast of India and Bangladesh Slammed by Super-Cyclone Amphan

Source: Hannah Ellis-Petersen, The Guardian, May 20, 2020

People are faced with the choice of having to brave the cyclone by staying put, or risk contracting the coronavirus while in a shelter.

The Bay of Bengal’s fiercest storm this century, super-cyclone Amphan, slammed into the coast of eastern India and Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon, bringing heavy gales and the threat of deadly storm surges and flooding.

The intensity of the super-cyclone as it made landfall at 2:30pm was around 120mph, with waves 4 metres (13ft) high, before it moved northwards towards Kolkata, one of India’s biggest cities. The first death from the cyclone, in Bangladesh, was reported on Wednesday afternoon.

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