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'A disaster within a disaster': three million flee as cyclone hits Bay of Bengal

Locals try to reinforce flood defences before the cyclone hits CREDIT: Reuters
Photo Credit: Reuters

More than three million people in Bangladesh and India were forced to flee their homes as a cyclone tore through the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday.

With gale speeds reaching up to 185km per hour, cyclone Amphan has wreaked havoc across the Indian states of West Bengal and Odisha and the south western region of Bangladesh.

At least one 70-year-old man was killed by a falling tree in Bangladesh’s coastal Bhola district, a police official said.

Powerful winds and heavy rain have battered cities, including Kolkata, West Bengal’s capital, as well as Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh, where almost one million Rohingya live, crowded together in flimsy tarpaulin shelters.

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