The number of deaths after the heavy cyclone “Amphan” in India and Bangladesh rose to more than 100 on Saturday. More than a million houses were destroyed, the authorities said. Around 15 million people are affected by one of the strongest storms in recent history in the region. “Amphan” hit land in the north of the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday.
He destroyed houses and crops, uprooted trees, flooded vast areas of land and cut electricity and water supplies in many places. There were protests on Saturday in the metropolis of Kolkata, capital of the severely hit Indian state of West Bengal. Thousands of people took to the streets in protest at what they believed to be a slow response by the authorities to the effects of Amphan.
In view of the continued flooding and power outages, the demonstrators called for the authorities to act more quickly in order to bring the 15-million-inhabitant metropolis back to everyday life. According to police, around 5,000 people took part in various demonstrations in the city. Eyewitnesses spoke of significantly more participants.
The name “Amphan” comes from Thai and means heaven. The coasts of India and Bangladesh are repeatedly ravaged by devastating cyclones.