The Amphan cyclone, which transformed into a supercyclone, is about to make a landfall today. The rescue teams have already been deployed in the regions. The West Bengal government has successfully shifted around 300,000 people to a safe location. However, helping these people follow the social distancing norms amid the pandemic is yet another challenge for the government.
The regions of West Bengal and Odisha have already started to experience heavy rainfall and high-velocity winds. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Amphan recorded a speed of around 210 km at the south of Paradip and it is expected that the supercyclone will cross West Bengal coasts between Digha and Hatiya Islands during the afternoon to evening hours of May 20. The government claims to have made all the necessary arrangements in these regions to minimise the damage to property and loss of life.
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