Typhoon Amphan: HI teams ready to respond to emergencies
Typhoon Amphan is expected to hit India and Bangladesh on Wednesday around 18:00 (local time) and is expected to affect millions of people. Humanity & Inclusion (HI) stands ready to assist the most vulnerable people.
HI ready to respond to Cyclone Amphan | © Cyclocane
Typhoon Amphan, the strongest typhoon to form in the Bay of Bengal in two decades, is expected to hit the India-Bangladesh border this Wednesday at around 6 p.m. local time, with winds of up to 185 km/h (185 mph). A potential storm surge (tidal wave) could reach five metres high.
Two million people have been evacuated by the authorities. About 33.5 million people could be affected by strong winds and torrential rains. The Indian and Bangladeshi authorities are expecting immense material damage.
Our teams on site
HI, with operations in India and Bangladesh, is closely monitoring developments in Amphan and considering a possible emergency response, depending on the post-cyclone situation.
Covid-19 and Typhoon Amphan
The Covid-19 epidemic in India and Bangladesh has made it difficult to evacuate millions of people to temporary shelters. Bangladesh has opened more than 13,000 cyclone shelters, nearly triple the usual number, to keep them less crowded. Evacuees must wear masks inside and maintain physical distance.