Millions hunker down in India and Bangladesh as cyclone arrives

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Millions of people were evacuated in anticipation of the storm, which originated in the Bay of Bengal.

The storm, the first super cyclone in the area since 1999, is forecast to cause deadly storm surges, severe flooding and mudslides.

The coronavirus and social-distancing measures have made mass evacuations more difficult for authorities.

India's weather department said in an afternoon update that Amphan was making landfall in a process that would take several hours.

It has begun hitting the Sundarbans, a mangrove area around the India-Bangladesh border, and will later move north and north-eastwards near the major city of Kolkata in India's West Bengal state, meteorological officials said.

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Source: BBC

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