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IN PICTURES: Cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc in India and Bangladesh

Tropical Cyclone Amphan has made landfall near Sagar Island in West Bengal, India, near the border of India and Bangladesh. At least 12 people died.

Amphan became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal on Monday night, but has since weakened into the equivalent of a strong Category 2 hurricane.

Up to 33.6 million people in India could be exposed to the storm’s powerful winds, according to the US Pacific Disaster Center. In Bangladesh, 8 million could be in its path, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

Evacuation efforts in India and Bangladesh are being complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, as relief teams grapple with how to get millions of people to safety while also protecting them against the risk of Covid-19.