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Asia Album: Super cyclone Amphan batters South Asia

Xinhua
21 May 2020, 13:08 GMT+10

Photo taken on May 20, 2020 shows the impact of cyclone "Amphan" in the Chattogram district, Bangladesh. (Str/Xinhua)

HONG KONG, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The very severe cyclone Amphan slammed Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and winds, and leaving a trail of destruction in the South Asian nations.

COLOMBO -- Over 9,000 people have been affected by days of heavy rains and strong winds across Sri Lanka caused by cyclone "Amphan" which has also resulted in two deaths, the Disaster Management Center said in its latest update Wednesday.

According to official statistics, 9,716 people have been affected by adverse weather conditions while over 1,000 people have been relocated to safer shelters.

Some shops under water in Ratnapura District in Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka on May 20, 2020. (Photo by Gayan Sameera/Xinhua)

Several people rides a boat as the road they usually uses in Ratnapura District in the Sabaragamuwa province Sri Lanka had gone under water on May 20, 2020. (Photo by Gayan Sameera/Xinhua)

Several people rides a boat as the road they usually uses in Ratnapura District in the Sabaragamuwa province Sri Lanka had gone under water on May 20, 2020. (Photo by Gayan Sameera/Xinhua)

NEW DELHI -- At least 10 people were killed Wednesday after super cyclone Amphan battered India's eastern states of West Bengal and Odisha.

The super cyclone triggering winds of up to 190 kmph entered West Bengal accompanied with heavy rains, leaving a trail of destruction.

Authorities said they have evacuated 658,000 people in West Bengal and Odisha ahead of the cyclone. Half a million people were evacuated in West Bengal, and over 158,000 were evacuated in Odisha.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel evacuate villagers ahead of cyclone Amphan in Bhadrak district of India's eastern state of Odisha, May 19, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)

Fishermen are trying to pull their fishing boats back at Talasari beach in heavy wind and rain in Balasore, India, May 20, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)

Fishermen are trying to pull their fishing boats back at Talasari beach in heavy wind and rain in Balasore, India, May 20, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)

DHAKA -- Bangladesh on Wednesday raised its storm danger signal to the highest level of 10 as cyclone Amphan made landfall along the coastlines of the country. Coast areas were severely affected and over 300,000 people have already been evacuated from their homes in coastal areas of Khulna and Chattogram and other districts.

Photo taken on May 20, 2020 shows the impact of cyclone "Amphan" in the Bagerhat district, Bangladesh. (Str/Xinhua)

Photo taken on May 20, 2020 shows the impact of cyclone "Amphan" in the Bagerhat district, Bangladesh. (Str/Xinhua)

Photo taken on May 20, 2020 shows the impact of cyclone "Amphan" in the Khulna district, some 200 km from Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Str/Xinhua)

An official uses a megaphone to announce cyclone warning messages in the Chattogram district, Bangladesh, on May 20, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)

People rush to cyclone shelters in the Chattogram district, Bangladesh, on May 20, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)■

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