Heavy rains and winds bumped two eastern Indian states and parts of Bangladesh just hours before a powerful cyclone on Wednesday. Due to the coronavirus it has been more difficult to rescue millions of villagers to higher ground by the team.
Bangladesh’s disaster management officials said they were working on evacuating about two million people from coastal areas as the signs of Cyclone Amphan from the Bay of Bengal are seen.
By the noon severe cyclonic storm crossing the coast which is near the WestCOV Bengal to likely to dwindle but India’s weather department tweeted that Amphan was on course to make landfall “between afternoon and evening. The storm’s current wind speed is likely to reduce slightly before it makes landfall. Additionally, India’s weather department is forecasting the flow of water could be as high as 10-16 feet (3-5 meters).
Both the countries, India and Bangladesh have requested schools and other buildings to turn into temporary shelters. But due to the spread of COVID-19, they need more than usual, in order to maintain social distancing. Likewise, extra shelters are being prepared in wholesale markets and government buildings, and everyone was handed with masks and scarves among the villagers.
People were not willing to go to the shelters because they were afraid of getting COVID-19 and many refused to leave their livestock behind, stated senior police official in West Bengal’s capital, Kolkata said “We have literally had to force people out of their homes, make them wear masks, and put them in government buildings.”
Railway officials have averted trains away from the cyclone’s path, so that no migrant workers who are traveling to eastern states from the capital New Delhi, would be affected.