Cyclone Amphan makes landfall, Nepal to experience partial effects

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KATHMANDU: Cyclone Amphan has made its landfall in India and Bangladesh and is predicted to get worse by today evening.

WATCH VIDEO: Cyclone Amphan makes landfall in Indian east coast

Meteorologists have been predicting for days that the cyclone will unleash extreme impacts in the coastlines of India and Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Forecasting Division issued a forecast on the possible effects of Cyclone Amphan here stating Nepal is likely to experience weather changes for the next few days as an indirect impact of the storm.

According to India’s Meteorological Department (IMD) Cyclone Amphan will cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans, a mangrove area around the India-Bangladesh border, today evening. Cyclone Amphan is expected to arrive with a maximum wind speed of 155-180 kms per hour.

 

Hundreds and thousands of people have been evacuated as Amphan approaches land. IMD predicted that the cyclone movement will affect Indian states including West Bengal and Odisha. India’s National Disaster Response Force  has deployed teams in both the states including many on standby, said IMD. Similarly, Amphan will also have a visible effect in Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya, respectively.

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sat for a virtual meeting with National Disaster Management Council to discuss Cyclone Amphan, today morning in Dhaka. “We cannot stop this cyclone, but we are taking all necessary measures to protect the lives and properties of the people from this cyclone.,” said PM Hasina. The cyclone is expected to make landfall in Bangaldesh at around 6 pm today, says reports.

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