Millions of people in India and Bangladesh are in the path of a cyclone which is due to make landfall in less than 36 hours, according to CNN.
bringing damaging winds and heavy rain to a region already struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.
Super Cyclone Amphan is the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal with wind speeds of up to 270 kilometers per hour (165 miles per hours).
Data was recorded by the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
The storm has slightly weakened slightly, but it still has winds speeds up to 185 kph (115 mph). This is roughly equal to a Category 3 Atlantic hurricane, CNN adds.
The US Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) said up to 33.6 million people in India could potentially be exposed to the storm’s winds, while a maximum of 5.3 million could be exposed in Bangladesh. The PDC’s estimate is based on data from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
Fishermen bringing in their boats after warnings were sounded ahead of the cyclone’s arrival on May 18 in Puri, India.
The Bay of Bengal, in the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean, is positioned between India to the west and northwest, Bangladesh to the north, and Myanmar to the east.
Amphan is just the second super cyclone to hit the Bay of Bengal since records began. During the last super cyclone in 1999, nearly 15,000 villages were affected and almost 10,000 people were killed.
The cyclone is due to make landfall on the India Bangladesh border on Wednesday evening, near the Indian city of Kolkata which is home to more than 14 million people
Indian officials said that up to 300,000 people in the coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha are in immediate danger from the storm. Evacuations are underway in the region, according to the country’s ministry of home affairs.