Photos: Cyclone Amphan’s trail of destruction in India and Bangladesh

Updated On May 21, 2020 11:28 AM IST

Cyclone Amphan, which barrelled through Odisha and West Bengal on May 20, has killed 21 people. The storm began its landfall at 2:30 pm on May 20, with sustained wind speeds of 155-165 kmph spiralling up to 185 kmph. The storm weakened as it moved ahead and is currently centred over Bangladesh.

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A woman salvages items from her house damaged by Cyclone Amphan in Satkhira, Bangladesh on May 21. 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 nine in Bangladesh. (Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)
Updated on May 21, 2020 11:28 AM IST

A woman salvages items from her house damaged by Cyclone Amphan in Satkhira, Bangladesh on May 21. 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 nine in Bangladesh. (Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

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Police barricades collapsed to the ground at Howrah Bridge after strong winds swept Kolkata as Cyclone Amphan made its landfall on May 20 in West Bengal. Amphan is the strongest cyclone to have originated from the Bay of Bengal in decades. (PTI)
Updated on May 21, 2020 11:28 AM IST

Police barricades collapsed to the ground at Howrah Bridge after strong winds swept Kolkata as Cyclone Amphan made its landfall on May 20 in West Bengal. Amphan is the strongest cyclone to have originated from the Bay of Bengal in decades. (PTI)

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Villagers repair their house damaged by Cyclone Amphan in Satkhira, Bangladesh on May 21. Among the twelve dead in Bangladesh so far are a five-year-old boy and a 75-year-old man, both hit by falling trees, and a cyclone emergency volunteer who drowned. (Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)
Updated on May 21, 2020 11:28 AM IST

Villagers repair their house damaged by Cyclone Amphan in Satkhira, Bangladesh on May 21. Among the twelve dead in Bangladesh so far are a five-year-old boy and a 75-year-old man, both hit by falling trees, and a cyclone emergency volunteer who drowned. (Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

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A man rides his bicycle under a tree uprooted due to Cyclone Amphan’s landfall in Midnapore, West Bengal, on May 21. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday night that the damage was difficult to assess immediately, pointing out that entire islands had been cut off from the mainland and many areas were left without electricity or phone connectivity. (Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP)
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A man rides his bicycle under a tree uprooted due to Cyclone Amphan’s landfall in Midnapore, West Bengal, on May 21. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday night that the damage was difficult to assess immediately, pointing out that entire islands had been cut off from the mainland and many areas were left without electricity or phone connectivity. (Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP)

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Villagers repair a bank that was destroyed by waves at Bakkhali due to the landing of Cyclone Amphan, near Sunderbans area in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on May 20. While 12 people have been killed in West Bengal, nine have been reported dead in neighbouring Bangladesh. (PTI)
Updated on May 21, 2020 11:28 AM IST

Villagers repair a bank that was destroyed by waves at Bakkhali due to the landing of Cyclone Amphan, near Sunderbans area in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on May 20. While 12 people have been killed in West Bengal, nine have been reported dead in neighbouring Bangladesh. (PTI)

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A man walks over a collapsed wall in Kolkata on May 21. “We are facing three crises: the coronavirus, the thousands of migrants who are returning home and now the cyclone,” said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS)
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A man walks over a collapsed wall in Kolkata on May 21. “We are facing three crises: the coronavirus, the thousands of migrants who are returning home and now the cyclone,” said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS)

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A man crosses a flooded street in Kolkata on May 21. As residents shared videos of flooded lanes and roads in Kolkata, a portion of the city’s airport was also seen flooded in the aftermath of the powerful cyclone. (Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS)
Updated on May 21, 2020 11:28 AM IST

A man crosses a flooded street in Kolkata on May 21. As residents shared videos of flooded lanes and roads in Kolkata, a portion of the city’s airport was also seen flooded in the aftermath of the powerful cyclone. (Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS)

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A man saves his umbrella during the rain and wind in Kolkata on May 20. The cyclonic storm triggered torrential rain in the capital city of West Bengal causing destruction all around. (ANI)
Updated on May 21, 2020 11:28 AM IST

A man saves his umbrella during the rain and wind in Kolkata on May 20. The cyclonic storm triggered torrential rain in the capital city of West Bengal causing destruction all around. (ANI)

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Trees sway as heavy winds induced by super cyclone 'Amphan' hits Dhamara Port in Bhadrak district, Odisha on May 20. After a day of heavy rainfall in Odisha, parts of the state witnessed improvement in weather condition and shops opened in the Patrapada area of Balasore. (PTI)
Updated on May 21, 2020 11:28 AM IST

Trees sway as heavy winds induced by super cyclone 'Amphan' hits Dhamara Port in Bhadrak district, Odisha on May 20. After a day of heavy rainfall in Odisha, parts of the state witnessed improvement in weather condition and shops opened in the Patrapada area of Balasore. (PTI)

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NDRF personnel clear uprooted trees from a road following gusty winds after Cyclone Amphan’s landfall in Ramnagar, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal on May 20. Some reports mentioned that 5,500 houses were damaged in one district of West Bengal. (PTI)
Updated on May 21, 2020 11:28 AM IST

NDRF personnel clear uprooted trees from a road following gusty winds after Cyclone Amphan’s landfall in Ramnagar, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal on May 20. Some reports mentioned that 5,500 houses were damaged in one district of West Bengal. (PTI)

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Kachuberia jetty collapses at Bakkhali due to the impact of Cyclone Amphan, near Sunderbans in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on May 20. The Indian Meteorological Department said that the cyclonic storm is expected to weaken by this afternoon as it moves towards the north and northeast direction. (PTI)
Updated on May 21, 2020 11:28 AM IST

Kachuberia jetty collapses at Bakkhali due to the impact of Cyclone Amphan, near Sunderbans in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on May 20. The Indian Meteorological Department said that the cyclonic storm is expected to weaken by this afternoon as it moves towards the north and northeast direction. (PTI)

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