Recovery Begins After Super Cyclone Amphan Ravages Bengal, Odisha

India | Associated Press | May 24, 2020, 8:42 am
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 Authorities began clearing roads and assessing damage after Cyclone Amphan barreled through coastal communities in eastern India and neighbouring Bangladesh, killing more than 100 people and leaving millions displaced.<br /><br />A villager clears tree branches fallen in front of his house after Cyclone Amphan hit the region, at Baguranjalpai village in East Midnapore district in West Bengal. (Image: AP)
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Authorities began clearing roads and assessing damage after Cyclone Amphan barreled through coastal communities in eastern India and neighbouring Bangladesh, killing more than 100 people and leaving millions displaced.

A villager clears tree branches fallen in front of his house after Cyclone Amphan hit the region, at Baguranjalpai village in East Midnapore district in West Bengal. (Image: AP)

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 A man chops branches of a tree branch fallen on a road after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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A man chops branches of a tree branch fallen on a road after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)

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 A man rides a rickshaw past branches of a tree fallen on a road after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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A man rides a rickshaw past branches of a tree fallen on a road after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)

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 Motorists make their way through damaged cables and a tree branch fallen in the middle of a road after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 A man pushes his cart past branches of a tree fallen on a road after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 A powerful cyclone ploughed inland after crashing into the coasts of India and Bangladesh, where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation made more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic. Cyclone Amphan, the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane, was packing sustained winds of up to 170 kilometres (105 miles) per hour with maximum gusts of 190 kph (118 mph).<br /><br />A satellite image released by NASA shows Cyclone Amphan over the Bay of Bengal in India. Amphan has intensified into a super cyclone and expected to make landfall near Sundarbans, south of Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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A powerful cyclone ploughed inland after crashing into the coasts of India and Bangladesh, where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation made more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic. Cyclone Amphan, the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane, was packing sustained winds of up to 170 kilometres (105 miles) per hour with maximum gusts of 190 kph (118 mph).

A satellite image released by NASA shows Cyclone Amphan over the Bay of Bengal in India. Amphan has intensified into a super cyclone and expected to make landfall near Sundarbans, south of Kolkata. (Image: AP)

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 Commuters move past a tree branch precariously hanging after cyclone Amphan hit the region, in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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Commuters move past a tree branch precariously hanging after cyclone Amphan hit the region, in Kolkata. (Image: AP)

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 A damaged car after an uprooted tree fell on it after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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A damaged car after an uprooted tree fell on it after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)

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 Roadside vendors along a metro station salvage material from his stall after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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Roadside vendors along a metro station salvage material from his stall after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)

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 Locals clear tree branches that fell after cyclone Amphan hit the region, in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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Locals clear tree branches that fell after cyclone Amphan hit the region, in Kolkata. (Image: AP)

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 A girl rides a cycle past tree branches that fell after cyclone Amphan hit the region, in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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A girl rides a cycle past tree branches that fell after cyclone Amphan hit the region, in Kolkata. (Image: AP)

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 A Buddhist monk walks through a road laid with fallen trees and branches after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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A Buddhist monk walks through a road laid with fallen trees and branches after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)

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 Man rides on a bicycle in the middle of heavy wind and rain in Gauhati. (Image: AP)
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Man rides on a bicycle in the middle of heavy wind and rain in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 Rubber boats of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are kept ready for any emergency in the middle of heavy wind and rain in the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati. (Image: AP)
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 People make their way through damaged cables and a tree branch fallen in the middle of a road after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 Man pushes his cycle past branches fallen after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 Fisherman walks in the middle of heavy wind and rain in the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati. (Image: AP)
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 Man makes his way tpast a tree fallen in the middle of a road after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 Men walk past fallen trees after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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Men walk past fallen trees after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)

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 People walk past a tree branch fallen in the middle of a road after Cyclone Amphan hit the region in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 Clouds surrounded in the middle of heavy wind and rain in Gauhati. (Image: AP)
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 Trees lie uprooted on a highway from heavy winds ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Chandbali on the Bay of Bengal coast in Orissa. (Image: AP)
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 A man covers his head with a box and walks in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man takes shelter from the wind and rain inside a hut ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A small ship moored on the swollen Hooghly River due to a cyclonic storm in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 Trees lie uprooted on a highway from heavy winds ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Chandbali on the Bay of Bengal coast in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 The promenade along the Bay of Bengal coast stands deserted ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Chandbali, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 People walk with umbrellas in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man walks in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man walks in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 Rain clouds hover over the Hooghly River in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 A man walks with a calf over a bridge in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man covers himself with a plastic sheet and walks in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 Commuters take shelter in an empty taxi stand at Howrah railway station as it rains in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 A man walks in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man walks against the force of the wind ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man covers himself with a plastic sheet and walks in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man bathes in the Hooghly river ahead of Cyclone Amphan making landfall in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 Stranded passengers wait outside Howrah railway station closed due to coronavirus lockdown in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 Water waves break on the banks of Hooghly River as an Indian Customs department ship is moored in the mid-river in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 Passenger ferries tied up in a jetty on Hooghly River in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 Commuters walk at the city's iconic landmark, Howrah Bridge to cross the Hooghly River as it rains in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 A man struggles to hold his umbrella and walk against the high wind in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 A boat stands anchored as it rains ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 People take shelter in an empty taxi stand at Howrah railway station as it rains in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 Clouds cover the skies over the river Ganges ahead of Cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata. (Image: Reuters)
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 Clouds cover the skies over the iconic VIctoria Memorial ahead of Cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata.
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 A scientist at India Meteorological Department Earth System Science Organisation points to a section of the screen showing the position of the Cyclone Amphan to media people inside his office in Kolkata. (Image: Reuters)
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 Rescue workers cut fallen tree branches after heavy winds caused by Cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata. (Image: Reuters)
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 A police officer moves a barricade to block a road leading to a flyover before Cyclone Amphan makes its landfall, in Kolkata. (Image: Reuters)
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 Rescue workers cut tree branches that fell on a truck trailer after heavy winds caused by Cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata. (Image: Reuters)
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 Police officers carry a disabled man to a safer place following his evacuation from a slum area before Cyclone Amphan makes its landfall, in Kolkata. (Image: Reuters)
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 People make their way to a safer place before the cyclone Amphan makes its landfall in Gabura outskirts of Satkhira district, Bangladesh. (Image: Reuters)
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 Cyclone Amphan batters West Bengal
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 A man takes shelter from the wind and rain inside a hut ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man covers himself with a plastic sheet and walks in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 People walk with umbrellas in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man walks in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man walks with a calf over a bridge in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man covers himself with a plastic sheet and walks in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man walks against the force of the wind ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man walks in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A man walks in the rain ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Bhadrak district, in Odisha. (Image: AP)
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 A small ship moored on the swollen Hooghly River due to a cyclonic storm in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 A man bathes in the Hooghly river ahead of Cyclone Amphan making landfall in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
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 Many trees were uprooted in Bhadrak on Wednesday after strong winds and rainfall battered the district as cyclone Amphan advanced towards the Indian coast. In this photo, Trees lie uprooted on a highway from heavy winds ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Chandbali on the Bay of Bengal coast in Orissa. (Image: AP)
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Many trees were uprooted in Bhadrak on Wednesday after strong winds and rainfall battered the district as cyclone Amphan advanced towards the Indian coast. In this photo, Trees lie uprooted on a highway from heavy winds ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Chandbali on the Bay of Bengal coast in Orissa. (Image: AP)

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 Boats are anchored at a fishing harbour at Paradeep, on the Bay of Bengal coast in Orissa. (Image: AP)
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 Trees lie uprooted on a highway from heavy winds ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall, at Chandbali on the Bay of Bengal coast in Orissa. (Image: AP)
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 Trucks are stranded on a bridge across River Mahanadi at Paradeep, on the Bay of Bengal coast in Orissa. (Image: AP)
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 Evacuated children wearing masks as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus stand at a relief camp at Paradeep, on the Bay of Bengal coast in Orissa. (Image: AP)
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 A disaster management volunteer carries a sick child as villagers on the Bay of Bengal coast are evacuated as a precaution against Cyclone Amphan at Bakkhali in West Bengal. (Image: AP)
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 Villagers on the Bay of Bengal coast walk as they are evacuated by volunteers as a precaution against Cyclone Amphan at Bakkhali in West Bengal. (Image: AP)
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 NDRF personal making announcements to warn people on the Bay of Bengal coast about Cyclone Amphan at Namkhana, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal. (Image: AP)
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 NDRF personal warning people on the Bay of Bengal coast about Cyclone Amphan at Namkhana, West Bengal. (Image: AP)
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