Photos: Severe cyclonic storm Amphan makes landfall in West Bengal

With extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan making landfall on Wednesday afternoon near Sunderbans in West Bengal, more than 5 lakh people have been evacuated from nearby coastal areas in the state and another 1,58,640 people have been removed to safer areas in neighbouring Odisha, NDRF Director General SN Pradhan said. In Odisha too, heavy rainfall and strong winds are lashing Chandipur in Balasore district and Jagatsinghpur.

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A man walks against the force of the wind in Bhadrak district, Odisha on May 20. The landfall process has triggered intense rain and gusty winds and will continue for about four hours, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). (AP)

A man walks against the force of the wind in Bhadrak district, Odisha on May 20. The landfall process has triggered intense rain and gusty winds and will continue for about four hours, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). (AP)

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A man struggles to hold his umbrella and walk in Kolkata on May 20 as severe cyclonic storm Amphan makes landfall along the coastline of India and Bangladesh. (Bikas Das / AP)

A man struggles to hold his umbrella and walk in Kolkata on May 20 as severe cyclonic storm Amphan makes landfall along the coastline of India and Bangladesh. (Bikas Das / AP)

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Heavy rain and strong wind continue to lash Chandipur in Odisha on May 20. The authorities have begun to evacuate low-lying areas in Amphan’s projected trail of destruction, only the second “super cyclone” to form over the Bay of Bengal since records began. (ANI)

Heavy rain and strong wind continue to lash Chandipur in Odisha on May 20. The authorities have begun to evacuate low-lying areas in Amphan’s projected trail of destruction, only the second “super cyclone” to form over the Bay of Bengal since records began. (ANI)

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Stranded passengers wait outside Howrah railway station, which is closed due to the extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan, in Kolkata on May 20. Amphan, a powerful cyclone has slammed ashore along the coastline of India and Bangladesh, where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation made all the more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic. (Bikas Das / AP)

Stranded passengers wait outside Howrah railway station, which is closed due to the extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan, in Kolkata on May 20. Amphan, a powerful cyclone has slammed ashore along the coastline of India and Bangladesh, where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation made all the more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic. (Bikas Das / AP)

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A woman in Kolkata carries her son as she tries to protect him from heavy rain while they rush to a safer place, following their evacuation from a slum area just before Cyclone Amphan made its landfall in West Bengal this afternoon. At 3:05 pm, the wind speed at Kolkata airport was recorded at 76 km per hour, the meteorological office told HT. (Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS)

A woman in Kolkata carries her son as she tries to protect him from heavy rain while they rush to a safer place, following their evacuation from a slum area just before Cyclone Amphan made its landfall in West Bengal this afternoon. At 3:05 pm, the wind speed at Kolkata airport was recorded at 76 km per hour, the meteorological office told HT. (Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS)

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A cycle rickshaw crosses the iconic Howrah Bridge in Kolkata in the middle of a heavy downpour. The landfall process has triggered intense rain and gusty winds and will continue for about four hours, according to IMD. (ANI)

A cycle rickshaw crosses the iconic Howrah Bridge in Kolkata in the middle of a heavy downpour. The landfall process has triggered intense rain and gusty winds and will continue for about four hours, according to IMD. (ANI)

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Waves lash against concrete during high tide at Digha in East Medinipur in West Bengal. Heavy rain and strong winds have affected several districts as of noon in Gangetic West Bengal increasing in intensity with each passing hour after landfall. (ANI)

Waves lash against concrete during high tide at Digha in East Medinipur in West Bengal. Heavy rain and strong winds have affected several districts as of noon in Gangetic West Bengal increasing in intensity with each passing hour after landfall. (ANI)

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Villagers reinforce an embankment with sacks of soil just ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan in Dacope on May 20 in Bangladesh. Amphan is expected to move further into Bangladesh on May 21 and later Bhutan. (Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

Villagers reinforce an embankment with sacks of soil just ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan in Dacope on May 20 in Bangladesh. Amphan is expected to move further into Bangladesh on May 21 and later Bhutan. (Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

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A man walks with a calf over a bridge in the rain at Bhadrak district, Odisha, on May 20. A storm surge, as high as five metres above the astronomical tide, will inundate the low-lying coastal areas in Bengal, according to IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra. (AP)

A man walks with a calf over a bridge in the rain at Bhadrak district, Odisha, on May 20. A storm surge, as high as five metres above the astronomical tide, will inundate the low-lying coastal areas in Bengal, according to IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra. (AP)

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A man takes shelter from the wind and rain inside a hut ahead at Bhadrak district, Odisha, on May 20. “Based on experiences during Cyclone Fani, all NDRF teams are equipped with tree cutters/pole cutters for post landfall restoration, if need arises. We have deployed at least 24 NDRF teams to begin restoration work,” NDRF Director General SN Pradhan said. (AP)

A man takes shelter from the wind and rain inside a hut ahead at Bhadrak district, Odisha, on May 20. “Based on experiences during Cyclone Fani, all NDRF teams are equipped with tree cutters/pole cutters for post landfall restoration, if need arises. We have deployed at least 24 NDRF teams to begin restoration work,” NDRF Director General SN Pradhan said. (AP)

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A man covers himself with a plastic sheet and walks in the rain at Bhadrak district, Odisha, on May 20. Heavy rainfall and strong winds are lashing Chandipur in Balasore district and Jagatsinghpur in Odisha as Amphan made landfall in West Bengal. (AP)

A man covers himself with a plastic sheet and walks in the rain at Bhadrak district, Odisha, on May 20. Heavy rainfall and strong winds are lashing Chandipur in Balasore district and Jagatsinghpur in Odisha as Amphan made landfall in West Bengal. (AP)

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Residents in a shelter ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan in Dacope of Khulna district, Bangladesh on May 20. India and Bangladesh have asked for schools and other buildings to be turned into temporary shelters, but more space is needed than usual in order to house people while maintaining social distancing. (Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

Residents in a shelter ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan in Dacope of Khulna district, Bangladesh on May 20. India and Bangladesh have asked for schools and other buildings to be turned into temporary shelters, but more space is needed than usual in order to house people while maintaining social distancing. (Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

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