Millions of people in India and Bangladesh, already struggling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, are preparing for Super Cyclone Amphan, moving with the force of a strong Category 4 hurricane according to Gospel For Asia (GFA). With winds reaching 165 miles per hour, Amphan is the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal and is expected to make landfall on Wednesday, local time.
Forecasters warn this cyclone could be disastrous, with extensive damage from high winds, heavy rainfall, tidal waves and flooding, which could lead to landslides. Evacuations are underway in the Indian coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha and in Bangladesh, but cyclone shelter capacity is diminished due to social distancing rules.
GFA reports they have 59 churches on the West Bengal islands, where people live in simple mud houses and church buildings are composed of bamboo. These simple structures could easily be obliterated by these forceful winds. There are also several GFA Bridge of Hope centers in the area.
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SOURCE: Assist News