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World Protests in Indian city over cyclone recovery delay

11:16  23 may  2020
11:16  23 may  2020 Source:   msn.com

Cyclone Amphan update: India and Bangladesh brace for record storm

  Cyclone Amphan update: India and Bangladesh brace for record storm Millions of people in India and Bangladesh are in the path of a super cyclone which is due to make landfall in less than 36 hours, bringing damaging winds and heavy rain to a region already struggling with the coronavirus pandemic. © Provided by CNN Tropical Cyclone Amphan_00001621.jpg Super Cyclone Amphan became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal on Monday night, after intensifying with sustained wind speeds of up to 270 kilometers per hour (165 miles per hours), according to data from the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Thousands took to the streets of the Indian city of Kolkata on Saturday to protest against what they said was the slow government response to power cuts and flooding after a devastating "super cyclone ". The death toll in India and Bangladesh from Cyclone Amphan's rampage along the Bay of Bengal

In India ’s West Bengal state, which bore the brunt of the storm that caused extensive flooding in its capital Kolkata, police and disaster West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said the cyclone should be treated as a national disaster and appealed for assistance from the federal government.

Thousands took to the streets of the Indian city of Kolkata on Saturday to protest against what they said was the slow government response to power cuts and flooding after a devastating "super cyclone".

a group of people standing outside of a building: Cyclone Amphan, a fierce storm in the Bay of Bengal, killed more than 100 people in India and Bangladesh © STR Cyclone Amphan, a fierce storm in the Bay of Bengal, killed more than 100 people in India and Bangladesh

The death toll in India and Bangladesh from Cyclone Amphan's rampage along the Bay of Bengal coast rose to at least 112 on Saturday, as authorities struggled to deal with the aftermath of the storm while also trying to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

With many areas still flooded and electricity still cut by the storm, Kolkata residents vented their anger for a second day, demanding faster action to get the city of 15 million people working again.

After Cyclone Amphan, devastation in India and Bangladesh

 After Cyclone Amphan, devastation in India and Bangladesh © MUNIR UZ ZAMAN Thursday in Satkhira, Bangladesh, after the passage of Typhoon Amphan. The damage is very significant in the region of Calcutta, in India, and in the west of Bangladesh, in a context already tense by the epidemic of Covid. The provisional toll is 84 dead. Overturned coaches, soaring roofs, flooded streets, destroyed crops, felled trees, underwater airport ...

All market data delayed 20 minutes. Super cyclone amphan spurs evacuation of million in india , bangladesh. This photo provided by the Indian Red Cross Society shows a villager standing outside his damaged house after Cyclone Amphan, the equivalent of a category 3

Cyclone Amphan killed at least 96 people in the two countries after it swept in from the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday, most in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. "Dealing with the pandemic requires social distancing whereas battling the cyclone requires people to move to safer areas," Modi

Police said more than 5,000 people took part in different demonstrations early Saturday while witnesses said there were more.

The storm knocked out transformer stations setting off spectacular explosions across Kolkata. About 20 people were killed in the city, many of them electrocuted after venturing into the floods.

Many streets are still blocked by trees and water, and engineers are struggling to get to some parts to restore power.

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"The coronavirus made our lives miserable, Cyclone Amphan turned it into hell," Subash Biswas, principal of a state-run college in Kolkata told AFP.

Cyclone Amphan was the fiercest storm to hit India and Bangladesh since 1999. At least 86 people are now reported dead in India and 26 in Bangladesh.

The toll was much less than previous storms in recent decades, which sometimes claimed thousands of lives. About three million people were moved away from the coast before Amphan struck.

Kolkata's municipal chairman Firhad Hakim has warned that "it will take at five to six days to pump out the water from streets, to clear the uprooted trees and restore the water supply".

Authorities are also trying to clear floodwater from Kolkata airport before domestic flights resume across India on Monday after a two-month coronavirus shutdown.

State disaster minister Javed Khan told AFP that hundreds of villages had been flooded after more than 70 kilometres (43 miles) of river embankments were washed away.

"The devastation was so intense that many areas remain inaccessible even three days after the cyclone," he said.

The United Nations has warned that the saltwater which flooded inland areas could affect local agriculture for up to three years.

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