Cyclone Amphan Highlights: 19 NDRF teams deployed near coast, as super cyclone crosses West Bengal
Live updates: Cyclone Amphan made landfall at 2.30 pm. Over five lakh people have been evacuated in West Bengal while over 1.58 lakh have been taken to safety in Odisha.
Hello and welcome to Moneycontrol’s coverage of Cyclone Amphan, pronounced as UM-PUN -- a super cyclone -- weakened into an extremely severe cyclonic storm on May 19 but still packed enough force to pulverise coastal districts of Odisha and West Bengal where lakhs of people were evacuated from vulnerable areas and shifted to safety.
The cyclonic storm lay centred about 170 km south of West Bengal's Digha as an extremely severe cyclonic storm over west central Bay of Bengal and is likely to make landfall near Sunderbans between afternoon and evening on May 20, the MeT department said.In a bid to safeguard people, West Bengal has mounted one of its biggest evacuation exercises by moving more than three lakh people to safer places. Catch LIVE updates here: