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Cyclone Amphan leaves trail of devastation along coast of eastern India, Bangladesh

Published on May 21, 2020 at 12.54

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Rescue teams searched for survivors in eastern India and Bangladesh on Thursday, a day after the most powerful cyclone in over a decade devastated coastal villages, tore down power lines, and left large tracts of land under water. (Photo: Reuters)
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The cyclone weakened after slamming ashore Wednesday evening amid massive evacuations. Officials warn that relief and repair work will be made harder by the coronavirus pandemic, which has already sapped the health care system. (Supplied photo)
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Hundreds of villages were submerged by a tidal surge across the vast coastal region, disaster-response authorities said. (Supplied photo) (Supplied photo)
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Cyclone Amphan, the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane, was packing sustained winds of up to 170 kilometers (105 miles) per hour with maximum gusts of 190 kmph (118 mph) when it crashed ashore.
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Designated a super cyclone, Amphan has weakened since making landfall. Moving inland through Bangladesh, it was downgraded to a cyclonic storm on Thursday by the Indian weather office. And the storm was expected to subside into a depression later.
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The roof of a school building in Howrah, a suburb of Kolkata, flew off in the wind. (Supplied photo)
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Numerous coconut trees were struck by lightning and rising rivers overflew their banks. (Supplied photo)
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People gather at a Cyclone Centre for protection before Cyclone Amphan makes its landfall, in Gabura on the outskirts of Satkhira district, Bangladesh, May 20. REUTERS/Stringer
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Local residents try to enforce the embankment before the cyclone Amphan makes its landfall, in Gabura on the outskirts of Satkhira district, Bangladesh, May 20. REUTERS/Stringer
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Police officers carry a disabled man to a safer place following his evacuation from a slum area before Cyclone Amphan makes its landfall, in Kolkata, India, May 20. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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Fishermen tie their boats along the shore before Cyclone Amphan makes its landfall, in the Baleswar district of the eastern state of Odisha, India, May 20. REUTERS/Stringer
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Rescue workers cut tree branches that fell on a truck trailer after heavy winds caused by Cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata, India, May 20. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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People make their way to a safer place before Cyclone Amphan makes its landfall in Gabura, on the outskirts of Satkhira district, Bangladesh, May 20. REUTERS/Stringer
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A police officer moves a barricade to block a road leading to a flyover before Cyclone Amphan makes its landfall, in Kolkata, India, May 20. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A man salvages his belongings from the rubble of a damaged shop after Cyclone Amphan made its landfall, in South 24 Parganas district in the eastern state of West Bengal, India, May 21, 2020. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A bus damaged by a fallen tree due to Cyclone Amphan, is seen in Kolkata, West Bengal, May 21, 2020
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Men salvage items from a damaged shop after Cyclone Amphan made its landfall, in South Parganas district in the eastern state of West Bengal, India. Reuters
 
 
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