India and Bangladesh are bracing themselves for one of the most violent storms the countries have ever had to face. With wind speeds of up to 270 kilometers per hour, Cyclone Amphan is certainly the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal.
The countries are now evacuating millions of people from the coastal areas before the supercyclone lands somewhere near the border of the South Asian countries, near Calcutta, a city of nearly 14 million inhabitants. It is a very low-lying area with an extensive delta. Severe flooding is therefore expected due to the storm surge and excessive rainfall.