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Cyclone Amphan: Bangladesh Reports First Death after Red Crescent Volunteer Drowns while Evacuating Villagers

Waves lash at a coast in West Bengal in the wake of the cyclone Amphan.

Waves lash at a coast in West Bengal in the wake of the cyclone Amphan.

Amphan is touted to be one of the fiercest cyclones in decades and is expected to make a landfall late Wednesday afternoon.

A Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteer drowned on Wednesday when a boat capsized while evacuating villagers in the path of Cyclone Amphan, the organisation said.

"There were four of them on the boat when it sank," Nurul Islam Khan, director of the Cyclone Preparedness Programme of the Bangladesh Red Crescent, told AFP.

Amphan, one of the fiercest cyclones in decades, was due to make landfall late Wednesday afternoon with forecasts of a potentially devastating and deadly storm surge.