Cyclone Amphan: Sundarbans badly damaged as cyclone hits landmass
By: Siya Bhatia
Cyclone Amphan has affected West Bengal and Bangladesh’s coastal area and severely damaged parts of the Sundarbans, a Unesco world heritage site.
The landfall in the Sunderbans started at about 2.30 pm and continued till 6.30 pm, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Sagar, Namkhana, Kultali and Patharpratima blocks have been most affected.
Sundarbans is a cluster of low-lying islands in the Bay of Bengal, spread across India and Bangladesh.
As the largest mangrove in the world, listed under both the World Heritage and the Ramsar conventions, the Sundarbans is home to an estimated 190 tigers.
People were evacuated from the coastal and forest areas ahead of tropical cyclones from the area.
But the major concern remains as the status of wild animals in the mangroves who have faced the devastation remains uncertain.
The wild animals would face the adverse effects directly in the Sundarbans.
West Bengal’s principal chief conservator of forests and wildlife Ravi Kant Sinha said the cyclone has already started hitting the forest areas, reports UNB.
“A few of our locations are badly damaged, very high speed winds and water has entered our locations,” Sinha said.
The damage seemed to be enormous from whatever information had been trickled in, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters from the Nabanna (the state administrative headquarters) control room.
“It’s a bigger disaster than Corona. It seems that we are standing within ruins and will have to start from scratch,” Banerjee said.