Cyclone Amphan made landfall on the coastal of West Bengal on the afternoon of 20 May 2020 (Wednesday) at Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) intensity, leaving low-lying areas drenched, and continued to track toward North-eastern India by way of Bangladesh. North-eastern India
As the situation is unfolding, Red Cross volunteers are expediting communication to vulnerable communities, activating community task forces, disaster preparedness committees, last minute checking of the equipment in cyclone shelters. Volunteers are reaching out to the vulnerable spots where inundation and tidal surge can damage the habitation, and those are prone to torrential rain and strong wind.Cyclone warning messages and instructions from SDMA, District Authorities, IMD information are disseminated through community siren warning, word of mouth, public annoucements system.
Rapid assessments made by the branches determine the needs could be dry food, health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), shelter material (tarpaulin) and other household items.
At least 50million people in at-risk areas