Recovery begins after storm ravages Indian, Bangladesh coast

Recovery begins after storm ravages Indian, Bangladesh coast

Amphan hit land Wednesday as the most powerful storm in the region in more than a decade, dumping heavy rain amid a battering storm surge. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the cyclone should be treated as a national disaster and appealed for assistance from the federal government. It was Modi’s first trip outside the national capital after imposing a coronavirus lockdown in late March. “The country is already going through a crisis and during that time we have to deal with a cyclone,” Modi said in West Bengal. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed “solidarity with the people of India and Bangladesh as they face the impact of a devastating cyclone while also responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. “The United Nations stands ready to support these efforts.” The cyclone has raised fears it could exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus in overcrowded emergency shelters. In an initial assessment, officials in Bangladesh said the cyclone caused about $130 million in damage to infrastructure, housing, fisheries, livestock, water resources and agriculture. The full extent of the damage along India’s eastern coast was not immediately known. Authorities in both countries managed to evacuate more than 3 million people before Amphan struck. At least 80 people were killed in West Bengal state and two deaths were reported in Odisha state. Broadcasters in Bangladesh reported 22 deaths. ___ Associated Press writer Julhas Alam in Dhaka, Bangladesh, contributed to this report. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights ...
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