Dhaka – Amphan, one of the most powerful cyclones in the Bay of Bengal, has made landfall on the coast of Indian state of West Bengal, damaging numerous homes and uprooting trees.
Storm, which was initially turned into a super cyclone with wind speed packing 245 kilometers per hour in gust, landed on Wednesday evening with comparatively less force.
It caused stormy weather across Bangladesh, which evacuated more nearly 2.4 million coastal residents to safety ahead of the landfall. A Bangladeshi man went missing after a boat carrying three passengers overturned near southern Kalapara town of Patuakhali district, according to local officials.
Strong winds and heavy rain were also reported in parts of Indian state of Odisha.
The cyclone packing a wind speed of 160 to 170 km/h made landfall at the West Bengal’s resort town of Digha. It affected the world largest Sindarban mangrove forest shared between India and Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi officials said the cyclone will take at least four hours to cross the coast. It will cause heavy rain and tidal surge in the coastal vicinity.
Indian authorities evacuated 637,000 people in West Bengal and Odisha states.