Amphan, the most powerful cyclone to strike eastern India and Bangladesh in 20 years, has killed at least 88 people, officials said, as rescue teams scoured devastated coastal villages, hampered by torn down power lines and flooding over large tracts of land.
Mass evacuations organised by authorities before Cyclone Amphan made landfall undoubtedly saved countless lives, but the full extent of the casualties and damage to property would only be known once communications were restored, officials said.
‘Everything is destroyed’
In neighbouring Bangladesh, officials said 16 people had died, including a five-year-old boy and a 75-year-old man who were hit by falling trees, and a cyclone emergency volunteer who drowned.
The United Nations office in Bangladesh estimates 10 million people were affected, and some 500,000 people may have lost their homes.
“I have never seen such a cyclone in my life. It seemed like the end of the world. All I could do was to pray … Almighty Allah saved us,” Azgar Ali, 49, a resident of Satkhira district on the Bangladesh coast told Reuters news agency.
Al Jazeera’s Tanvir Chowdhury, reporting from the capital Dhaka, said the cyclone “was one of the most intense in a decade” to hit Bangladesh, with authorities expecting losses of more than $1bn.
Source: Al Jazeera News
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Millions across Bangladesh were left without power.