Cyclone Amphan loss estimated at Rs 1 trillion in India

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 23, 2020, 04.24 PM(IST)

Cyclone Amphan Photograph:( Reuters )

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Neighbouring Bangladesh, which also fell in Cyclone Amphan's path on Wednesday, said it had suffered a loss of 11 billion taka ($130 million). But this could rise, government officials said.

Cyclone Amphan, which tore through West Bengal this week, has caused a damage of Rs 1 trillion ($13 billion) to infrastructure and crops.

Neighbouring Bangladesh, which also fell in Cyclone Amphan's path on Wednesday, said it had suffered a loss of 11 billion taka ($130 million). But this could rise, government officials said.

The cyclone has affected more than 13 million people. The two countries have lost at least 102 people in the cyclone, the most powerful in over a decade, mostly because of house collapses and electrocution. More than 3 million people were evacuated before Amphan made landfall, preventing a large number of deaths.

Many people are in relief camps across the state, amid concern that social distancing norms need to be followed for the prevention of a spread of coronavirus cases.

The cyclone also destroyed farmland in Bangladesh's low-lying coastal areas, damage that will likely endanger livelihoods.