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A Super Cyclone Is Aproaching India At A Fast Speed

 Cyclone Amphan is expected to hit parts of India and Bangladesh this afternoon and evening according to India's weather department.

Heavy rains and winds have been lashing parts of both countries as the super cyclone approaches.

Millions of people have been evacuated in preparation for Cyclone Amphan, which is coming in from the Bay of Bengal.

Evacuation in the middle of a pandemic has proven to be more difficult for authorities.

Both countries have asked for schools and other buildings to be turned into temporary shelters which is still difficult as they have to maintain social distancing in the shelters..

Police in India's West Bengal state, where it's expected to be the most affected by the storm, were unwilling to go to the shelters because they were afraid of contracting Covid-19.

Amphan will be the first super cyclone in the region since the 1999 one that killed more than 9,000 people.

Indian officials have reported that more than 20 relief teams have been deployed, and several more are on standby.

Amphan is expected to hit the coast with winds gusting up to 185km/h (115mph) this is the equivalent of a Category Five hurricane.

Officials in Bangladesh are afraid that it will be the most powerful storm since Cyclone Sidr that killed about 3,500 people back in 2007.

BBC reported that Bangladesh's disaster management minister said that authorities there planned to evacuate about two million people by Wednesday morning.

Extra shelters have been prepared in the regions to allow for social distancing, while masks are also being distributed.

 

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