June 5, 2020 | 8:45 a.m
Springfield, Mo. Super Cyclone Amphan made landfall south of Kolkata on May 20 as the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane. The storm weakened over Bangladesh, with some rain spreading over far northeast India, Bhutan, and northern Myanmar. Villages across India and Bangladesh were inundated with water. THis includes Kolkata, which is home to 14 million people. Dozens of people were killed, at least 83,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, and millions were left without power.
Millions of people fled ahead of the storm, but COVID-19 travel restrictions exacerbated problems inherent in moving a large number of people.
Convoy of Hope is providing the funds for local partners in both countries to purchase immediate relief supplies that will be distributed over the next few weeks to individuals impacted by the storm.