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Bangladesh: Cyclone Amphan leaves half a million homeless, causing floods and extensive damage02:05

Bangladesh: Cyclone Amphan leaves half a million homeless, causing floods and extensive damage

Bangladesh, Various locations
May 22, 2020 at 17:36 GMT -00:00 · Published

Bangladesh was left reeling from Cyclone Amphan, on Friday, as the coronavirus threatens to spread among half a million homeless and refugees, while the storm left major floods and destruction in its wake.

The emergency response comes as Bangladesh struggles with COVID-19 and the first cases are detected in Kutupalong refugee camp, the largest in the world.

Floods and extensive damage can be seen in the Shatkhira and Khulna districts, while refugees received supplies at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar district.

"This is a double whammy. We're dealing with the cyclone and we're also dealing with the lockdown and exposure to COVID," said Richard Ragan, Bangladesh Country Director for the UN World Food Programme (WFP). "Managing the movement of large numbers of people and doing it in a safe way is really difficult."

The WFP is providing emergency food support to the 19 districts in Bangladesh impacted by the cyclone where at least 25 people died.

Cyclone Amphan made landfall in Bangladesh and India on Wednesday, killing at least 95 people. The UN estimates some 10 million people were affected in the country, and around 500,000 people may have lost their homes.

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Bangladesh was left reeling from Cyclone Amphan, on Friday, as the coronavirus threatens to spread among half a million homeless and refugees, while the storm left major floods and destruction in its wake.

The emergency response comes as Bangladesh struggles with COVID-19 and the first cases are detected in Kutupalong refugee camp, the largest in the world.

Floods and extensive damage can be seen in the Shatkhira and Khulna districts, while refugees received supplies at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar district.

"This is a double whammy. We're dealing with the cyclone and we're also dealing with the lockdown and exposure to COVID," said Richard Ragan, Bangladesh Country Director for the UN World Food Programme (WFP). "Managing the movement of large numbers of people and doing it in a safe way is really difficult."

The WFP is providing emergency food support to the 19 districts in Bangladesh impacted by the cyclone where at least 25 people died.

Cyclone Amphan made landfall in Bangladesh and India on Wednesday, killing at least 95 people. The UN estimates some 10 million people were affected in the country, and around 500,000 people may have lost their homes.

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