Cyclone Amphan, the strongest cyclone seen in the Bay of Bengal in two decades, is expected to make landfall in India and Bangladesh around 6pm local time, with winds of up to 185 kmph, and potential tidal waves as high as five meters.
Two million people have been evacuated by the authorities. Some 33.5 million people could be affected by strong winds and torrential rainfall. The Indian and Bangladeshi authorities have warned of extensive damage.
Our teams on standby
Humanity & Inclusion (HI) works in India and Bangladesh and is following developments closely. The organization may implement an emergency response, depending on the aftermath of the cyclone.
Covid-19 and Cyclone Amphan
The Covid-19 epidemic, which is present in India and Bangladesh, has made it more difficult to evacuate millions of people to temporary shelters. Bangladesh has opened more than 13,000 hurricane shelters - triple the normal number - to reduce overcrowding. Evacuees must wear masks indoors and social distance.