Cyclone Amphan kills more than 80 people as it crosses India and Bangladesh

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New Delhi – Cyclone Amphan crossed the coastal communities of eastern India and neighboring Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing at least 84 people. It was the strongest Super Cyclone ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal, but it lost much of its vapor before landing.

However, Amphan gave a serious punch. Wind gusts of over 110 miles per hour uprooted trees and damaged homes, power lines and telephone cables in much of the Indian state of West Bengal. Flooding was also a problem, as storm surges and heavy rains flooded some areas and flooded a large airport.

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Residents carry Tapas Pramanik, 41, whose leg was broken by the fall of a tree as Cyclone Amphan made landfall in Midnapore, West Bengal, India on May 21, 2020.

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At least 72 people have been killed in the state of West Bengal alone, and two other deaths have been reported in the nearby city of Odisha, according to the state government. Most of the deaths in India have been attributed to trees falling on people or to wind and water collapsing in homes.



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