Millions evacuated as cyclone Amphan approaches South AsiaVillagers evacuated ▼ | May 19, 2020
Millions of people were being moved to safety as one of the fiercest cyclones in years barrelled towards India and Bangladesh on Tuesday.
Topics: Cyclone Amphan
Bangladesh authorities fear it will be the most powerful since cyclone Sidr devastated the country in 2007, killing about 3,500 people mostly due to a deluge of sea water sweeping in.
Junior disaster management minister Enamur Rahman said Tuesday that they have already evacuated several thousand people from low-lying areas.
"We will evacuate up to 2.2 million and try to keep casualties at zero," Rahman told reporters.
To ensure social distancing in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of cyclone shelters has been doubled by using schools, with masks compulsory, Rahman said.
"We are also keeping separate isolation rooms in the shelters for any infected patients," he added. ■