May 21 Cyclone Amphan news

A man salvages items from his house damaged by cyclone Amphan in Midnapore, West Bengal, on May 21, 2020. - The strongest cyclone in decades slammed into Bangladesh and eastern India on May 20, sending water surging inland and leaving a trail of destruction as the death toll rose to at least nine. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc in India, Bangladesh amid Covid-19
03:54 - Source: CNN

What you need to know

  • Cyclone Amphan made landfall in West Bengal, India, near the Bangladeshi border.
  • Amphan became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal on Monday night, though it has since weakened slightly.
  • Indian officials said that up to 300,000 people in coastal areas are in immediate danger from potentially deadly storm surges and flooding.
  • Evacuations across the region have been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, as authorities attempt to maintain strict social distancing rules.
  • CNN Weather is tracking Amphan here.
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Red Crescent volunteer among 10 killed by cyclone in Bangladesh

The death toll from Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh has risen to 10, according to the governmental Health Emergency Operations Center. 

Five people have been killed in Barisal state, four in Khuna, and one in Chittagong

Among those killed in Barisal was a 57-year-old Red Crescent volunteer who drowned when attempting to help others to safety, the Red Crescent Society of Bangladesh said. 

The organization praised Syed Shah Alam as a generous and dedicated humanitarian.

Rohingya refugee camps near Cox's Bazar appear to have been spared significant damage

Roofs are seen covered with plastic sheets as part of preparations for Cyclone Amphan in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on Tuesday, May 20.

No major damage from Cyclone Amphan has been reported in the refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar, where nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees live. No injuries have been reported.