India, Bangladesh prepare for Cyclone Amphan amid COVID-19 crisis

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The strongest  cyclone ever recorded is on Wednesday, May 20 expected to hit land on the Bay of Bengal around 4 pm local time.

The cyclone, named Amphan, will affect both India and Bangladesh  and is expected to bring with it a high urge of water from the sea. This even as both countries continue to battle the effects that have been brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 430,000 people have been evacuated in India, while 2.2 million have been evacuated in Bangladesh in preparations for the cyclone.

Public facilities like schools have been set aside to house evacuated residents whose residences were capable of withstanding the strong winds that will come with the cyclone.

Officials from both countries have acknowledged the fact that measures have been taken to implement social distancing as a key strategy in avoiding the spread of the virus.

The last cyclone to India and Bangladesh left 10,000 people dead.

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