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"Everything flattened" : 80 dead in storms in India and Bangladesh

More than 80 people die, thousands of houses are razed to the ground: This is the first balance of hurricane “Amphan”, which swept through India and Bangladesh with lots of wind, rain and thunderstorms. The airport in the 15-million-inhabitant city of Kolkata was flooded, electricity and telecommunications in parts of the metropolis in northeast India failed. The state of West Bengal was particularly hard hit by the cyclone, with at least 72 dead.

The responsible head of government said that the natural disaster hit their area more than Corona and that it would take three or four days to assess the full extent of the damage. A man who lived near the place where the storm hit land on Wednesday at 185 kilometers an hour told NDTV: “Many areas have been devastated and there is no water supply. This terrible storm flattened everything in our village. ”A Kolkata resident said,“ Our windows rattled and our house moved because of the storm. I've never seen anything like it. "

In both countries, more than three million people were placed in emergency shelters before the storm hit. India and Bangladesh have a lot of experience with strong cyclones that occur repeatedly in the Bay of Bengal. A region that is one of the last great habitats of wild and endangered Bengal tigers is also affected.

Almost 10,000 people died in a major cyclone in 1999. Experts assume that the intensity of the storms has tended to increase in recent years due to climate change, among other things. The number of victims has generally been smaller in recent years, as the two countries have now built good emergency shelters and drafted evacuation plans.

Because of Corona, people do not want to go to emergency shelters

However, some people did not want to go to the emergency accommodation, the authorities and aid organizations said. Some were afraid of leaving their belongings behind, others of contracting the corona virus in the emergency shelters.

Authorities in both countries said they had made more emergency shelters available to keep distance. For example, empty schools would be used. But finding more buildings was difficult, as some emergency shelters are currently used as quarantine buildings or temporary accommodation for stranded migrant workers. In the accommodations, masks and disinfectants were sometimes distributed. But television pictures also showed that the distances were not always respected.

The two countries are still struggling with the significantly increasing number of corona infections - despite weeks of curfew. India recently reported more than 100,000 known infections. It has overtaken China. More than 3,400 people in India died as a result of Covid-19 lung disease. In both countries, many people do not have access to good medical care.

Storm "Amphan" weakened on Thursday afternoon. Some people have already left the emergency shelters, as the authorities announced, to assess the damage and partly to rebuild their homes. (dpa)

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