India and Bangladesh: Cyclone Amphan And COVID-19: Mass Destruction In South Asia

Cyclone Amphan has pummelled India and Bangladesh and continues to leave a trail of mass destruction and chaos as the two countries attempt to recover. As of May 23rd, at least 106 deaths were confirmed. As per disaster management officials, 80 are from the Indian states of West Bengal and Odisha, the remaining 26 are from Bangladesh. In addition to these fatalities, the cyclone has left an estimated $13 billion in damage to infrastructure and crops. Officials cite the collapse of buildings, electrocution, and falling trees as the primary reasons for the deaths. The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has declared the cyclone coupled with COVID-19, will place over 19 million children at imminent risk.  

Source: The Organisation for World Peace

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