According to Indian government sources, deadly cyclone Amphan caused $13.2 billion in damages to the West Bengal alone. The strongest cyclone to ever form in the Bay of Bengal, cyclone Amphan made landfall on 18th May 2020 at 5:30PM IST with wind speeds measured at 155km/h.
According to Indian authorities, cyclone Amphan has been the costliest cyclone to ever hit the region with $13.2 billion in damages and 80 recorded deaths in India and another 10 recorded deaths in Bangladesh. It is also stated to be one of the strongest super cyclones to ever form in the Bay of Bengal with peak winds of 260km/h equivalent to a category 5 hurricane in the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.
Following the devastation of the cyclone which saw upwards of 54.19 million residents of West Bengal region in need of aid, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a $132 million relief package to help the affected people to recover from the $13.2 billion of damages.
However relief efforts are being impeded by the spread of the COVID 19 with more than 100,000 recorded cases and a single day highest recorded case of over 6000. India has been subjected to criticism following its lax testing procedures for one of the world’s most urban and congested populations with lack of access to medical services.