Americares India is responding to Tropical Cyclone Amphan that formed over the India Ocean on May 16, moving north over the Bay of Bengal, making landfall near Sagar Island in West Bengal, India, near the border of India and Bangladesh. Amphan became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal after intensifying with sustained wind speeds of up to 270 kilometers per hour (165 miles per hours), according to data from the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Cyclone Amphan downgraded to a Category 2 before making landfall.
As Cyclone Amphan struck, leaving a trail of devastation, the first fatalities were reported. Evacuation efforts in India and Bangladesh were complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, with relief teams working to get millions of people to safety while also protecting them against the risk of Covid-19. Since 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh and the camps are particularly vulnerable to storms like Amphan. Americares India team is delivering 2,000 shelter kits with tarps and rope in West Bengal.