New delhi 21.05.2020 ven as the world continues to fight COVID-19, Bengal and Odisha on Wednesday braced for the cyclone “Amphan” which made landfall at 2 pm in the afternoon. Tagged as an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” by meteorological department, ‘Amphan’ made landfall in between Bengal’s coastal town of Digha and Hatiya island in Bangladesh.
The storm triggered copious amounts of rain and gusty winds in both states.
Within an hour of the storm making landfall, social media was full of videos and photos torrential rains pouring in parts of both states. High-velocity winds can be seen tearing through trees and rocking construction.The cyclone affected water bodies too. Videos showed a rough sea at Digha hours before the storm even landed and intense waves in the Ichamoti river that runs between India and Bangladesh.A resident of Kolkata shared an ominous image of the famous tourist spot Victoria Memorial silhouetted against dark clouds.