Amphan poses double trouble amid coronavirus outbreak

The government is evacuating people in the coastal areas and keeping them in shelters as super cyclone Amphan approaches but the whole process has been made complicated by the outbreak of highly contagious coronavirus.


About 1.9 million people and 361,000 livestock have been evacuated to 14,636 shelter centres.


Amphan became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal on Monday night, though it has since weakened slightly, according to CNN.


At 3pm, the cyclone was about 200km southwest off Mongla port and 250km southwest off Payra port, 420km southwest off Chattogram port, and 430km southwest off Cox’s Bazar port, according to a Met office bulletin.


The maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist great danger signal number 10 while Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar were asked to hoist great danger signal number 9.


Amphan made landfall near Sagar Island in West Bengal, close to Bangladesh border. The storm made landfall around 5pm local time with sustained winds of 160km per hour, according to the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center.


An UNB photographer captured photos of people being evacuated to cyclone shelters at Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira on Wednesday where the guideline of social distancing is violated due to lack of space.


This could worsen the coronavirus situation in the coastal districts.


Locals are trying to fix a flood control embankment.


A man covers himself and his child with a piece of plastic amid rain as they head towards a nearby shelter.


Locals stand on a flood control embankment as some try to repair it.


A woman heads towards a nearby shelter with her newborn child.


A woman walks to a nearby shelter.


A man covers himself with a piece of plastic amid rain as he heads towards a nearby shelter.


Five members of a family, including a child, are going to a nearby shelter.


People throng cyclone shelters where lack of space makes it impossible to follow social distancing guidelines, necessary to protect oneself from coronavirus.


Source: United News of Bangladesh